Homeowners who remodel and don't consider environmentally friendly options are missing the chance to be sensitive to the land while also living in healthier, more efficient dwellings.
That's the argument Johnston, a veteran builder and designer who
created a green program for the construction industry, makes as he details
the remodel of his fixer-upper in Boulder, Colo.
manufacturers offering eco-friendly alternatives, Johnston found that his
choices didn't cost much more than old methods. Reasonable recommendations
include installing rainwater-catching cistern tanks for gardening or using
lumber from fast-growing trees culled from managed forests.
book looks and reads like a fact-filled textbook. Still, it's full of
useful information, including lists of suppliers and room-by-room
suggestions for dedicated do-it-yourselfers. Because function trumps
appearance, Johnston's finished project won't make the cover of any slick
home magazine. The original canary yellow Formica still serves as his