So much time and energy were invested in the creative process that culminated with this green building design. This East Dallas home started out as an idea that came from an old craftsman style home that sits on Goliad Ave., two streets north of Richmond Ave. Inspired by this home, Montgomery Custom Homes along with legendary, Dallas historical architect, Keith Downing began the task of blending “old and new” in a truly one of a kind project.
The idea was simple. Build a craftsman style home that fits into the East Dallas neighborhood. Also, make it an energy efficient, super-green home at the same time! We studied the neighborhood, poured through books such as “Homes of the 20’s,” and other craftsman related publications. We wanted to use reclaimed materials, but at the same time keep everything fresh. For energy efficiency, we began by planning to have our home certified by Energy Star and Green Built Texas. We incorporated the following materials in the shell of our building: six inch exterior walls throughout, DOW blueboard sheathing (which gives us an additional R-3 insulation value,) DOW sill seal, Tech shield radiant barrier roof decking, and a complete line of James Hardie products too.
As a Dallas green builder, Montgomery Custom Homes wanted to make this custom home special. We planned for this home to achieve a HERS score below 60, so we incorporated the following energy efficient materials: Trane 16 SEER a/c system, pex plumbing with manifold system and Rinnai tank less water heaters, ridge vent roofing system, Insulsafe insulation products for maximum R-values, Kohler water sense and low flow fixtures, Energy star appliances, Cor-A-Vent soffit venting (since we incorporated exposed rafter tails,) and electrical saving measures with low wattage lighting throughout. Some other important green home features we incorporated were low voc paints by Sherwin Williams, formaldehyde free cabinets, drip irrigation system, and our famous reclaimed wood flooring. The wood flooring was not only reclaimed, but local. It was salvaged from the Lakewood Country Club and installed in our East Dallas home for one of the finer touches of this project! We also used some reclaimed scratched face brick for our fireplace.
Moving on to the time period details of the Craftsman era, we took many of the exterior details and incorporated into the Richmond Ave home. From exposed rafter tails, to the stone columns that appear to rise up out of the ground, the list goes on and on….These craftsman details continue inside the home beginning with the old-school mahogany front door, the heavily squared stair case box newel, the 4 pc. door and window casing, the shaker style cabinets, the columned archway that leads into the family room, ¾” “real” bead board walls in utility and master bath, butcher block island top, and the stone fireplace to name a few. As you can see, we wanted to get the time period details right, while getting the energy efficient items right at the same time!
If you are interested in building a historical, time-period home and combining energy efficiency to get the greenest home you can, call Montgomery Custom Homes and share your ideas with us. We love blending old and new together, and the challenge created by this process.