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).

RemodelWest decides to re-locate business to Saratoga California.

After much consideration I have decided to move the studio to our building in Saratoga.  The building is a total of 13,000 square feet in an ideal location right in our customers backyard.  There are combination of goals and motivations that have influenced my decision.
  • We would like to create a studio environment that is more conducive to our progress towards sustainable design and construction.
  • We would like the flexibility to grow into adjacent spaces.
  • I would like to position our company to be as competitive as possible while not compromising the quality of our service.
  • We would like to participate in a tight knit community.
I think from the outside looking in many people will think I am crazy to abandon…

Remodel West contemplates new location to build eco friendly studio

An interview

Bill Reid, owner of RemodelWest aka Cupertino Kitchen Design, is considering relocating his seventeen year old design and construction business to Saratoga California.  Over the years the company has become wise by growing, evolving and adapting to homeowners desires and economic booms and declines.  In fact a large reason why Mr. Reid has been undergoing a name change to Remodel West is that they have out grown the Cupertino Kitchen Design name.  Offering comprehensive design and construction services for any residential remodel project it only made sense to let the public in on the secret.  Furthermore a most recent change in response to client demand the company has been morphed into two separate

Leverage these times with reputable remodeling firms

Today’s economic climate presents great opportunities for homeowners to receive the best value in remodeling.  It’s not unlike timing the market.  My past experience is people wait to get started when the market is well on it’s way to recovery.  What people don’t realize is that it takes months to plan a project properly  and by the time the project is ready to start prices and schedules are back in full swing.  Smart homeowners start planning NOW, representing a small percentage of the cost, and start construction when their ready.  Professional design and construction companies are motivated to maintain their core strength- their people- during slower…

Bill Reid aquires CGBP (Certified Green Building Professional) certification from Build It Green.

With growing global environmental concerns the construction industry has become a key player in helping to solve the issues we face.  Build It Green ,a Northern California non-profit, has taken a leadership position in bringing residential remodeling and new construction businesses up to speed and Remodel West aka Cupertino Kitchen Design has joined.  In fact, local city and county jurisdictions are adopting their Green Point rating system.  Soon all large remodel projects and all new construction projects will require a certain amount of “Green Points”.

A large agenda of Build It Green is to educate industry professionals on the definition of Green Building and how to implement these practices.  As part

Green Point by Bill Reid owner Remodel West – Paint

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Paint

By Bill Reid, President

 

Did you know that the paint you use in your home is toxic?  Indoor Air Quality is a primary element of green building and what type of paint you use can help.  That “new paint smell” is a sign of a high level of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the paint.  Inhaling these chemicals such as Formaldehyde can cause numerous respiratory and health issues.  TODAY there is a SOLUTION but be aware. 

To learn more visit www.RemodelWest.com/sustainability

 

(Text below accompanied with paragraph above is included in a “GreenPoint Spec sheet”.)  This will be our first of many sheets on individual items.

The term “LOW VOC” is beginning to be used in many products

Bill Reid Owner, Cupertino Kitchen Design/RemodelWest stands by it’s name regarding slanderous Rip Off Report

Our company has fallen victim to an unfortunate situation with an extremely unethical and vindictive customer.  This past client has filed a fraudulent and slanderous posting on this rip off report website that in of itself is under major scrutiny for it’s alleged illegal practices.  As a seventeen year old company we take our reputation very seriously and was distressed to see such ridiculous statements.  As I have seen positive rebuttals mounting I have learned that we have very supportive customers and appreciate their support.  If you have read this posting I’m hoping that, as an intelligent person, you will see between the lines and come to your own conclusion.  As a company and…