What’s outside of your house has a great deal of impact on the “green-ness” of your home as well. Aside from location considerations (walkable cities reduce infrastructure and automobile energy use), the lot can also have a big impact.
On any given lot, we want to keep the water that falls on the lot there, and preferably harvest it for use in irrigation. Reducing impervious surfaces that direct water off the lot is a goal. Using native, non-invasive plants is another goal – they will be right for this climate and do not require irrigation. Finally, providing habitat or movement corridors for wildlife on larger lots can also enhance the local environment.
The end result is a yard that will look nice and create a good local environment. If this is combined with an ultra-efficient home with good product choices, we can build in a sustainable fashion that enhances the local ecology.
They boosted insulation everywhere, removed the knob-tube wiring, and tied into our old uneven, un-level house beautifully and with the style reflecting the period of the original house (with the benefits and updates of living in the 21st century).
The design, craftsmanship and project execution were exceptional. It was wonderful to work with such responsible and client-oriented professionals. They also worked with us in many ways to keep us on budget.
Meadowlark designed and remodeled our kitchen in 2016. Overall they did incredible work - from the first design consultation to the final construction walk through.
They understood the "look and feel" we were after, an they showed terrific commitment (even passion) to its design and construction. Their enthusiasm for the project rivaled ours. They very successfully built us the home we envisioned.