Remodel West partners with GreenQuest by Crystal Cabinetry.

RemodelWest, a Silicon Valley design and construction firm specializing in sustainable practices within the residential remodeling business has formed an alliance with Crystal Cabinetry of Princeton Minnesota, the leader in green cabinetry nationwide.
Crystal Cabinets is an early adopter of implementing green design and manufacturing practices for their sixty-two year old company and they are perfectly aligned with our principles here at Remodel West, says Bill Reid owner
Crystal has taken their commitment to sustainability so seriously that they recently achieved the coveted certification from the Forestry Stewardship Council known in the industry as FSC.  This huge miles stone is a testament…

Leather flooring invites you into the new RemodelWest studio.

Our new sign is completed

As of May 2009 our new studio is open.  It’s been a great experience and rewarding as we have applied sustainable choices within our own environment.  Of course we are not 100% complete with a few things to finish up but it has really come together nice. 

Leather flooring makes a debut in studio

Leather Flooring by Torlys is a feature material in the front of our new space.  More prominent in Europe leather flooring is making a name in the US.  As I understand it during WWII the Germans developed a process to use post industrial waste from leather factories.  This process spurred from a leather shortage for boots and has been used ever since.  This 100% recyled  flooring material…

Reclaimed Redwood, Antenna Tower, and Natural Tung Oil pull it off in Remodel West new studio.

Today we are about three weeks from completion.  The studio project has been an interesting project as I balance costs, time, and adhering to green building practices as much as possible.  Our subcontractors and suppliers have been overwhelmingly cooperative and it has been refreshing dealing with them on this very creative project. 

Applying Tung Oil

Reclaimed Clear Heart Redwood Put to use in new studio!  Cost ZERO (with some sweat equity). Somewhat of a pet project for me, reclaiming and using approximately 500 lineal feet of clear heart redwood from one of our projects has been very rewarding.  I haven’t researched what this material might cost if you could even find it but I would estimate…

Studio Project Making Rapid Progress

Sheetrock has been completed and painting begins this week.  We decided to use Benjamin Moore paint because of their green product offerings.  BM has come out with a line called “Ben” that is a cost affective solution for those interested in using LOW VOC paints.  The Aura line is their top of the line but at $50.00+ per gallon it can add up real fast on a larger project.  Natura is their Zero VOC.  So we decided to use both the Ben and Natura lines in the new studio to try them out and to stay true to out Eco-Friendly studio.  The sheetrock finish inside the studio will now allow us to show our clients several different styles of texturing.  The interior front wall was constructed of a dated slump stone…

New Home by Remodel West

A Tatami Room Originally uploaded by RemodelWest
We just completed this project in Los Altos California. It invloved a re-design, complete demolition down to foundation, additions, and re-construction of the home. The theme is Asian contemporary. This project along with another will be featured in a national book this year. Visit our Flickr site to see the rest of the project.…

Studio Project: FSC Lumber Material for the framing.

 

 

FSC Framing Lumber

Framing has begun in the new studio this week and it is quickly taking shape.  In keeping with as green a project as possible I decided to use lumber that was harvested from sustainable forests.  FSC certification for lumber is how one can insure that the material being used is genuine.  For those who may not be familiar with FSC it stands for Forestry Stewardship Council.  This is a worldwide organization that provides a vehicle to certify forests and suppliers.  FSC is recognized as the authority in this area and insures that forests are managed in ways that protects our environment while insuring a supply of materials for the future.  As we progress down this road using sustainable materials is just…

Anatomy of Green Project

 By Bill Reid, Owner Remodel West   Much discussion goes on about green building but how does one go about applying the principles? Green Building is not just about solar panels and trendy materials but about applying logical responsible building practices that help our health and environment. Remodeling a home provides a multitude of opportunities and it starts with the removal of old materials known as deconstruction.  Here is a real life example of how a homeowner and contractor can put their green building philosophy to work.
 

 

This property is located at our home in Lake Almanor California. We will call is out Osprey Project named after a native bird in the area (see our mascot picture that I took on the property).