Cindy & Ward Schwie - 1383 Ryan Avenue
The Schwie's have done updates to nearly every part of their home and property in the last few years so that they now have a nearly completely renovated home and yard. And they have done all of it with an eye toward the environment and sustainability:
Whenever possible, they reused or recycled materials – the kitchen floor used to be a gymnasium!
They dealt with the age-old problem of asbestos by employing a certified company to remove and dispose of it.
They integrated smart technologies to maximize their improvements by installing a Nest Learning Thermostat and a water recirculating system.
Sealed all duct work as well as pipes that exit the house through the roof
Increased attic insulation to R32
Covered electrical outlets on outside walls
Installed low E, double pane, argon gas, U30 windows on the first floor
Created a four-season porch and added a 2nd garage stall
Basement had a Standard Water System installed to eliminate moisture
Use Nest Thermometer with Energy Star® furnace, central air and dehumidifier
Radon system is power-vented to the exterior
All bulbs are LED or CFL
Installed 9 photovoltaic solar panels
Rain barrel and 2 underground water downspouts installed to divert water into the gardens
Irrigation system with a rain monitor installed
Consideration of the mature trees was taken into account when planting – no trees were damaged
Rotating food compost bin installed
Reused deck 2x4’s
James Hardie® siding installed and recycled hail-damaged aluminum siding
Enhanced curb appeal by removing 3/4 of front lawn and planted shrubs and low-growing plants