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The Realities of Demolition

Renovating a neglected 1940’s era home into a green showcase within strict budget constraints is a challenge, but I have never been one to shy away from challenges. I recognized early on that I would have to make some compromises, but have eagerly identified cost effective improvements that would increase the performance of this house as much as possible. The mechanical systems are one example of my current compromises. While I would love to install new high-efficiency HVAC and water heating, the existing equipment is less than 10 years old and in reasonably good condition, making it difficult to justify replacing them. I can easily do so later when they reach the end of their useful lives, or in the unlikely event that I acquire and need to dispose of large sums of money. For now, however, it is more important to improve the structure of the house through insulation and air sealing, as those improvements are more difficult and costly to retrofit than upgrades in mechanical equipment. Read more


Welcome to the new Green on Gift website! As a green building consultant, I’ve often dreamed of renovating my own home. I wanted to practice what I preach and test out some new ideas firsthand. Here I’ll be detailing the process of renovating my home to showcase green products and techniques.

I had some specific criteria when buying a home. I wanted an older home that needed a new kitchen, bathroom, and other improvements that would give me the opportunity to make green upgrades. I wanted it to be in a good walking neighborhood with local amenities, since I also plan on living in it.

The house is located in North Ormewood Park on Gift Avenue (hence the name of this blog) in southeast Atlanta. The house scores a 77 on, which is pretty good for this car friendly city.

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