These days going green means helping save the environment, not painting our home green. The Homes for Generations project in Coon Rapids, Minn. shows people how to use sustainable products and practices to help save resources and energy in their area.
Sean Lennox is a builder with the project and he is working on his fourth house in the Coon Rapids’ Homes for Generations program. The program is designed to go to houses that are old, but still in good shape and turn them into more green homes for the environment.
Lennox uses recycled and repurposed materials to help save money for the city-financed work. This latest project is even more geared towards green projects by using objects like recycled paint and solar panels to make the green concept more real for the prospective homeowners.
The four existing homes have undergone many renovations and changes and are selling for more money too. This helps the city recoup the money it has put into the homes. The homes have had new dormers added to the front, which added a visual interest to a roof line that was uninteresting and dull. One home got an updated insides and was expanded in the kitchen to make it roomier.
These things make it more green because the windows are more efficient, add natural light and the home has motion detectors to turn the lights off or on only when people are in the room. The toilets in the home are dual flush, it has recycled tile in the bath and the flooring is made of a flaxseed material.
Most of the windows in the home will be made into energy-efficient windows and the carpeting will be removed and the wooden floors restored with a soy finish that is also non toxic. And, the house will be painted with recycled paint. Plus, the garage will have solar panels to help offset the home’s used of electricity
All of these improvements help to protect the environment and make for a greener existence.