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This house illustrates how green can be achieved with conventional local materials.
> Project Name: Codding Cottage, Sarasota, Fla.
> Builder/Architect: Josh Wynne Construction
> Landscape Architect: M.A. Gilkey Landscaping
> Interiors: JKL Design > Photos: McCourtney Photographics


This house wasn’t supposed to be green. In fact, the owner, who requested an energy-efficient house, cautioned: “I don’t want a green house. They look ugly, like a garage. I want a home that is a traditional design.” After some back and forth, the owner told custom home builder Josh Wynne that he could make it as green as he wanted as long as he didn’t have to make any financial or aesthetic sacrifices. Wynne accepted that challenge and built a home that was the highest scoring LEED Platinum home in the state of Florida (110) and the highest scoring FGBC house in the country (267). The home’s HERS rating is a low 27. “You can build a historically accurate home that’s not spare in any finishes or details and still be at the upper level of any of the green rating systems,” says Wynne. Wynne learned that in order to build within the client’s budget he couldn’t rely solely on the open market—either because the products were too expensive or because there wasn’t anything available meeting his green criteria. His answer was to build all the millwork, stair treads, furniture, and other items, much like Gustav Stickley and Greene and Greene did earlier in the 19th Century.


You’d think custom built-ins would raise the price past the threshold acceptable to Wynne’s client. But not so.


Wynne believes that by using his own labor, he is cutting out about 25 middlemen in the process of building furniture or other parts of a house.


 


THERMA-TRU SMOOTH STAR DOORS
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MIRATEC BY CMI
Made from the patented TEC process, treated exterior composite trim combines the eye-catching beauty of cedar with the long-lasting performance of an engineered product. Because it is not hardboard, MiraTEC trim will not delaminate, is moisture, rot, and termite resistant, and is backed by a 30-year limited warranty. www.miratectrim.com


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