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New LEED Home in the Neighborhood

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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There is a LEED house being built in my area. What is the difference between a LEED home and a standard build?

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to guide the building industry and provide standards for sustainability for a variety of building projects. Think green.

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LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Toward the movement of sustainability and protecting Mother Earth, LEED enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. The LEED green building certification program offers a rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

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An example of an environmental strategy under Water Efficiency would be to build a rainwater harvesting system in the home which is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to runoff. Uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses. Others may install concrete cisterns under homes to collect rainwater. Homeowners used the water collected in their cisterns to wash cars and water the lawn.

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In LEED certification scoring, there are 136 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in Design and an additional 4 points for Regional Priority.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

Certified: 40–49 points
Silver: 50–59 points
Gold: 60–79 points
Platinum: 80 points and above

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An example of a checklist of LEED points can be found here.

If you are interested in building an LEED home, you must first register where you’ll have access to a variety of tools and resources online necessary to apply for LEED certification. Next, you are ready to identify specific LEED credits to pursue, collect information and prepare documentation to include with an application for certification. Once reviewed, Certification is the final step in the LEED review process.

Do you have any LEED homes in your area? Or were you ever fortunate to be part of the building process? It is the future of home building. I found the subject interesting and hope you did also.

If you need help planning your next home, contact me today.

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My Trash To Treasure Bookcase

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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I had to share with you how my $15.00 bookcase from the local Barn Sale:

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Came out after cleaning up and painting:

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I used a blue paint I pulled from the fabric I found for the kitchen window treatments. The bookcase fit perfectly in this little space:

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I am still shopping for the perfect pictures to hang above. I love using my special little items for accessories.

Not bad for $15.00! Love a bargain. Especially when I get to paint!

Here are a couple of my Fall decorating vignettes:

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If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Fun Idea For Unused Birdbath

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

I was at the garden center yesterday and I thought this was such a wonderful idea:

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Love it! Such a imaginative idea for a birdbath that is not being used:

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I showed you the Fairy Garden I was impressed with the other day at Art In Bloom:

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Which I really liked, but the tiny garden within a birdbath- LOVE! What a great project to do with the kids also. Just find an old birdbath that you are not using because of leaking, etc.

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Another great use for a birdbath is as a planter:

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A Birdbath! So beautiful for the yard. The height of the birdbath just brings it up a notch. Think of all the vignettes you can make in your garden with plants layered at different levels:

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What do you think of the idea of using a birdbath for a garden? I have been inspired. I am going bargain hunting this weekend to find an old birdbath to make my own little garden. If it comes out nice, I will share. :)

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend everyone! Have fun and be safe.

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Barmoires

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

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A lovely reader wrote to me recently with a great question. She asked “Can an armoire be made into a bar?’”

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Yes, you can Cindy. And when I looked into it further, I even found that there is an actual name for bar-armoire: ‘barmoire’. A Barmoire™ is an armoire that has been reclaimed, renewed, restored, reconditioned and re-purposed for use as a home bar cabinet.

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I think it is a great idea! Armoires are so large, that sometimes we have to place them in the living room because it will not fit anywhere else. They are great for storage, but what a great suggestion to use as a bar.

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Barmoires can be created into various individual styles and tastes. All unique and beautiful.

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Fabulous! I really love this idea. Not complicated to make and it will make that special armoire piece even more special.

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I’m glad you wrote Cindy! Now I have to go and search for an old armoire! What do you think everyone? Great idea?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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