Editors’ Picks: Green Construction

With all the buzz these days around cutting-edge “green” construction, it’s easy to forget that preserving old houses is one of the best ways to go green.

Our editors highlight new and classic articles. This week, go green! There’s a reason why “reuse” is one of the key tenets of sustainable living—the energy and materials saved by restoring and repairing an old house, rather than tearing it down and starting over, are monumental. And when you combine restoration with sustainably minded ideas, you’ve got the perfect recipe for green living with a dose of charm. Here, we’ve highlighted three articles that showcase some of the easiest ways to go green in an old-house way: tune up your original windows, landscape with native plants, and incorporate lots of architectural salvage. Happy greening!

Decades of sloppy paint buildup on working surfaces leads to leaky sash and drafts. (photo: Steve Jordan)

Steve Jordan

How To Weatherize Your Windows: Learn how to keep warm throughout the winter with thermal tune-ups for your windows.

Plants for the Arts & Crafts Garden: Arts & Crafts gardeners at the turn of the century and the environmental activists of today have something in common: a love of native plants. Find out how to create a period-perfect (and eco-friendly) garden.

An Adirondack General Store Becomes Home: Homeowners Lauren and Ken Parlin worked with architect Sandra Vitzthum to revitalize an 1880s storefront in the Adirondacks.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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