New Old House

LEED Platinum Victorian-style home

“We asked them to use salvaged materials.  I think it’s unique that a builder would agree to work with that.”

Kitchen cabinets in this Victorian style home are from Branch Hill Joinery and use wood harvested in Michigan

The Project

The homeowners’ primary goal, aside from an environmentally low-impact dwelling, was to construct a home that could accommodate aging in place and easily be converted into a multi-family duplex in the future.  To keep in line with dwelling flexibility, the first floor was constructed with a super-accessible bathroom and a study that could be converted in a bedroom if needed.

Meadowlark used several deep green building techniques, including advanced framing, a high-performance thermal envelope, a geothermal heating and cooling system and various water conservation techniques to earn this home LEED Platinum certification.

Project Size

Total square footage: 2579

3 bedrooms (with potential for 4)

5 bathrooms


New home. There was an existing structure on the property that was demolished.

Lead Designer

Meadowlark Design Team

Project Manager

Meadowlark Production Team

victorian style home upstairs bedroom
Breakfast bar in the kitchen uses reclaimed walnut for the countertops
Covered porch uses reclaimed hardwood for ceiling and floor
Screened in porch of Victorian home with reclaimed hardwood flooring


Item Material
Cabinetry Clients sourced kitchen cabinetry from Branch Hill Joinery in Coldwater that is made from wood harvested in southern Michigan.
Countertops Some laminate countertops; wood countertops using wood reclaimed from bowling alleys. Bar countertop and fireplace mantel are made of locally felled walnut trees that were knocked down by storms.
Flooring/Tile Reclaimed wood for first floor, deck and porches; reclaimed tile in bathrooms, new carpeting
Siding/Trim HardiPlank lap siding and cedar
Foundation ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)
Insulation SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) roof, spray foam wall insulation plus two one-inch layers of rigid foam on exterior
Other Advanced framing techniques, geothermal heating and cooling, ERVs (Energy Recovery Ventilators)