Do you need new homes to be efficient, or is there an opportunity in older homes? Prosperity Homestead is converting a 1950s residential home into an ecologically friendly estate using a design that reduces carbon footprint and lowers energy needs.
When acquired, the property had suffered bad tenants who trashed the house and were a nuisance to the community. They hosted loud parties, a dog barking all hours of the day, and questionable guests.
The original owner did his best to maintain the property, including the original Coleman Oil Furnace, wooden windows, and wiring. Quality work done in the kitchen, second basement full bath, and den was destroyed by abusive tenants.
After the purchase in 2017, the property's condition made renting difficult. Short-term tenants were only an incremental improvement. Many repairs move forward towards an ecologically friendly, low-carbon footprint home.
Plans include a modern HVAC, rainwater capture, regrading to reduce basement moisture, roof redesign with replacement, weatherproofing, and remodeling with energy conservation in mind. As funding resources are available, each project implements best practices.
Improvements have been slow but steady since the 2017 purchase of this property. Stay tuned for case studies, updates, and insights you can use to reduce your energy costs.
- Installation of computer-controlled HVAC system with modernized ductwork. Adjustments to duct work better circulate cool air from the basement to reach EPA-recommended EnergyStar temperature settings without air-conditioning.
- Removal and remediation of an oil furnace, including sealing a 500-gallon original oil tank leaking for years. An environmental remediation company certified remediation with the EPA, removing any contaminated soil.
- Changes in grade, landscaping, and correcting gutter slope to eliminate frequent basement flooding. A combination of old gutters and a sunken yard caused water to pool, which would enter the basement. The problem was solved with oversized mulch beds, removing bushes, and rehanging gutters.
- Reducing risks of further tree damage by clearing the lot. After a tree on the house, a shed, and two on the neighbor's house, the entire lot was cleared and regraded. Partnering with a Forester, all timber was used on this no-burn site. Over time, the property will be shaded by trees in a silvopasture configuration that attracts beneficial insects and birds.
- Modernization of home electrical system. Overhead wiring was buried after replacing the breaker box with a modern higher-capacity system with surge suppression. The original breaker and sub-panels were removed. The new system will make a full house rewiring easier and safer.
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EDITOR: Check out the 2019 Martinsville VA Eco-House project update. This project progression increases property values and reduces the home's carbon footprint.
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