Category Archives: Green Building

Energy Efficiency: Is your home working for you?

The new EPA rule slipped into place by executive order over the weekend has become a hot topic!  Opinions are numerous and passionate. Politicians, corporations, and people have entered the debate with compelling questions on how this will affect the … Continue reading

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Urban Gardening in Northern Virginia

While doing any type of design research into gardens and garden buildings, you will eventually trip over the urban garden concept. Urban gardening and agriculture brings food production into the city or urban area. Urban locales can turn into food … Continue reading

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300 Buckmarsh St: Demolition: Building Bridges

  This article has taken longer to write then I wanted.    We have begun demolition on the 300 Buckmarsh house.  So seemingly un-related…but completely the reason for my writer’s block!  Demolition, which is part of the process when doing rehabilitation, … Continue reading

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Bye, bye Winter! Let’s get ready for Spring…

Wow! Winter has been tough this year! As I stated before, I am new to Northern Virginia. I have spent the last seventeen years of my life between Tucson, AZ and Savannah, GA. So the 18” of snow we saw … Continue reading

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Oh, hello! On being modest…

Being new to Carpenter Beach, I have heard a lot about the homes on Ivandale in Hamilton. One of the things I hear the most is the homes being referred to as “modest”. Everything is “modest” this, “modest” that–which seemed … Continue reading

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Embrace Change?! Maybe…

Life Changes. Back in 1994 we built our first, energy efficient (dream?) home—for life. I thought?! We searched for the land, researched designs and materials, plotted, and planned for two years. Married four years, 2 year old in a playpen on … Continue reading

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Local Wood Brings Natural Beauty to Homes

As part of our continued dedication to the green building movement, in the fall of 2009, Carpenter Beach introduced Local Wood. Local Wood converts locally harvested trees and wood from old structures throughout Loudoun and Clark County, slated to be … Continue reading

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Facts About Green Construction & Remodeling

A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; using … Continue reading

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