Historic Revival Rehab in Central Phoenix

Here’s a cool renovation project recently featured on NBC’s Today Show in the sub-$250,000 spotlight. Originally built in the 1950s, the home was redesigned by The Ranch Mine, one of the firms behind the NAHB’s Green Remodel of the Year last year, and is located historic North Encanto area in central Phoenix.  The exterior has bold, yellow accents mixed with a low-maintenance and low-water desert landscape, and the interior is finished with existing saltillo tile, contemporary white and grey paint, and an open layout.

[+] More photos of the “Revival” renovation by The Ranch Mine.

Credits: The Ranch Mine.

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Extreme Home Built with Old Containers

The Zdroj family lost their home in the Bastrop fire, but a new one seemingly from the ashes took its place. You may have noticed it on a special episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently. It was built by EFC Custom Homes and designed by Danze & Davis Architects, and in fact showcased some shipping container construction with help from Numen Development, the firm behind the Cordell Residence. There’s also recycled-content Cuerda Seca by Fireclay Tile on the entry exterior and other products from green home-improvement store TreeHouse.

[+] Watch The Zdroj House episode on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Credits: ABC.com.

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October Month in Review [Outline]

Happy Halloween!  Here’s another outline of coverage from the prior month.  From newly published posts in October, I noticed that these four were the most popular — Firefly VAWT, Deltec Homestead, Floating Autarkhome, and How to Read a Window Label. Also, if you like reading Jetson Green but want something in book form on a given topic, here’s a list of books on the popular topics we cover.  The article outline:

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Fireclay Intros Runway Collection Eco-Tile

California-based Fireclay Tile today announced a new collaboration with designer Kelly LaPlante to create a line of eco-friendly tile.  The Runway Collection has four custom patterns inspired by fashion: Cravat, an interpretation of houndstooth, Chaine Femme, a nod to interlocking chains in jewelry and belts, Chaine Homme, a masculine version of Chaine Femme, and Corset, which is inspired by corsets and lace-ups on footwear.

Runway Collection is available in the clay bodies of the Debris Series (25% post-consumer and 47% post-consumer recycled content) or Vitrail Series (no recycled content; no chemicals or off-gasses) in “any of Fireclay’s 224 vibrantly hued, lead-free, all-natural ceramic glaze colors,” according to a statement by Fireclay Tile.

Plus, Fireclay Tile products may contribute toward various LEED credits, depending on your order.  Their tile is made in a few locations in California, and with respect to The Runway Collection, tile is order per square foot with blends available in a maximum of three glaze colors.

As a bonus, Fireclay Tile is running a Project Backsplash contest with the release of The Runway Collection.  Upload a photo of your “funky kitchen backsplash” by November 16 for a chance to win $5,000 in tile, $1,000 toward installation, and the design services of Kelly LaPlante.

[+] More about The Runway Collection by LaPlante and Fireclay.

Credits: Fireclay Tile.

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New Cork Wall Tiles by Cali Bamboo

Cali Bamboo offers indestructible bamboo floors and bamboo decking, as well as a new cork wall panel under a new company brand referred to as GreenClaimed — a reference to a material that’s been reimagined, revived, or recovered and then transformed into something new.  In this case, the new Designer Cork Tiles are panels made with the bark of cork oak trees.

The cork tiles are “durable, sound-dampening, and temperature-insulated,” according to Cali Bamboo, and made with cork, which is a renewable resource.  Here’s how Cali Bamboo sources the cork.

Cork is harvested from the renewable bark of the cork oak tree … The outer bark is merely ‘trimmed’ and allowed to grow back, leaving the tree undamaged. A cork oak can live up to 200 years with harvesting occurring once every nine years, yielding about 20 harvests during a tree’s life,” according to a statement by Cali Bamboo.

Designer Cork Tiles are available in three styles Tundra (grayer and the most rustic of the three), Sierra (moderately rustic and has more brown tones) and Meadow (thinner layers of cork and hand-cut into a more geometric mosaic pattern).  Depending on the style, these vary in thickness and are about 11.75″ x 23.75″ per tile.

[+] More about Designer Cork Tiles by Cali Bamboo.

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Meld Intros Luxe Recycled Content Material

North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of several materials we’ve mentioned including ecoX, Micro, and Plus Plus, introduced a new material in the last year called Luxe.  Luxe is made in Raleigh with up to 74% pre-consumer recycled-content material and can be used with various products, including countertops, tiles, and wall paneling.  Meld offers six standard colors – Natural, Cement, Graphite, Saddleback, Caper and Southern Mud — and basically infinite custom colors.

[+] More about eco-friendly, concrete products by Meld USA.

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Roof Materials For Your Log Home
By Mercedes Hayes

Your roof is a great opportunity to make a
dramatic statement to the world. This
colorful creation is going to sit atop a
unique, custom home, and no matter what
material you choose it’s going to look
awesome. There are more choices on the market
today than ever before, and an extra
investment will probably make a bigger impact
here than elsewhere in your home. Even
asphalt shingles have taken on a new
personality. Here are some varieties modern
technology has made available to us (my cost
estimates are very broad, and only meant for
comparison’s sake).

ASPHALT (or Composition) SHINGLES:
(also known as three-tab shingles) The most
commonly used shingles, these are made from a
mixture of asphalt and fiberglass. The
ceramic granules protect the asphalt from the
sun’s UV rays. We tend to buy them according
to life expectancy, which starts at 15 years
for the thinnest shingles, 25-30 years for
the next level. Their lifetime depends on the
environment and how well the roof is vented.
This roof will cost around 150 per 100
square feet.

called architectural or dimensional shingles,
this shingle is still made from a mixture of
asphalt and fiberglass, but is built much
thicker, giving it a more three-dimensional
look. Architectural shingles make the roof
look more textured, are larger than a
standard shingle, and come in an amazing
variety of shapes. They are usually
guaranteed for 40 years and could easily cost
twice as much as standard asphalt shingles.

METAL ROOF: Metal is one of the more
sought-after roofing materials for log homes.
Usually made of steel, aluminum or copper,
the most commonly discussed metal roof is the
standing seam – sometimes called vertical
panel – roof. You can also get metal shingles
that resemble cedar shakes, slate, or tile.
There are several advantages to using a metal
roof, not the least of which is its fire
resistance. These roofs are also remarkably
lightweight, and stand up to hurricane-force
winds. This roof will generally cost about
600 per 100 square feet (very big range
of materials and composition). Life
expectancy is anywhere from 30-50 years up to
100 years.

difference between a Cedar Shake and a
Shingle is that, generally, the shingle is
sawn on both sides and the shake is
hand-split on one (or both) sides. The shake
tends to be thicker. Cedar looks
picture-perfect when installed, and will age
to a beautiful gray, given the right
environmental conditions. However, it is
prone to moss and mildew, and the shingles
have been known to curl. To combat their
inherent vulnerabilities, many brands are
treated to prevent mildew, and others are
treated for fire retardancy. The average life
expectancy is about 25-30 years and could
cost $400-500 per 100 square feet.

CONCRETE TILES: You’ll find a lot of
concrete roofs in Europe. Needless to say,
they are incredibly durable and
fire-resistant, and because concrete takes
stain so well, you can find it in up to 50
colors. Of course, this is a hefty solution
for a hefty home: figure out about 1000
pounds per 100 square feet. Concrete roof
tiles come in several profiles, and have a
life expectancy of about 80 years and can
cost around $200-400 per 100 square feet.
There will be extra expense for beefing up
the rafter system to support the weight.

CLAY TILES: When you mention clay
tiles, most of us think of the half-round
shapes on Spanish Mission buildings. Think no
more! Clay tiles are flat, interlocking,
rectangular, slabs… and of course
barrel-shaped. You can get them in solid
colors or blends, textured or smooth. Figure
about 1000 pounds per 100 square feet. They
have a life expectancy of about 50 years, and
can cost 500 per 100 square feet.

SLATE: Complex, durable, and
beautiful, slate has a life expectancy of 60
-125 years, and more. Your standard slate is
about 1/4″ thick. The slates are overlapped
so that the bottom edge of the slate is
actually covering two additional layers, and
less than half of the slate is exposed. This
standard thickness will weigh about 750
pounds per 100 square feet. Modern variations
of slate roofs are: Rubber Slate
(post-industrial waste) and Engineered Slate
(marble dust and polyester resins). A real
slate roof can cost up to $1000 per 100
square feet installed.

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years
is that lighter colored asphalt shingles have
a tendency to streak as rainwater washes down
the roof. Even my dark green roof is
streaking in one spot, although the green
masks the darker stain. Before you decide on
a color, do yourself a favor and drive around
the neighborhood; look for other houses with
similar shades. Then you can make a decision
as to what’s more important: how your roof
will reflect or absorb the heat, or which one
looks better over the years.

About the Author:
Mercedes Hayes is a Hiawatha Log Home dealer
and also a Realtor in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. She designed her own log home
which was featured in the 2004 Floor Plan
Guide of Log Home Living magazine. You can
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Ludowici Roof Tile and KTM Roofing Complete Historic Roof Preservation at East Lake Golf Club

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 22, 2008

Ludowici Roof Tile and KTM Roofing are proud to announce the completion of an historic clay tile roof preservation project for East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. East Lake is the home of The TOUR Championship, the final event in the FedEx Cup.

The new roof would be very visible to the national television media, in particular the sports media, following the PGA tour. The roof would be seen in aerial footage of the golf course, so the project needed to be completed before The TOUR Championship began.

Several companies collaborated on this project including Hardin Construction Company, Ludowici Roof Tile, Dixie Roof Decks, JGA Corporation and KTM Roofing, a metro Atlanta clay tile roofing contractor who was responsible for the new roof installation.

Focus around Preservation:

The original clay tile roof was created by B. Mifflin Hood, a long time competitor of Ludowici that went out of business in the 1950′s. Ludowici Roof Tile is recognized for having the ability to match B. Mifflin Hood tile colors and is regularly called upon as an expert in historic tile roofing projects.

Ludowici focused the first few months of the project on ensuring that the standards of the new roof would match the original roof. For the East Lake Golf Club project, a total of 14 tile colors were needed. To maintain the original appearance, a custom-sized tile in custom colors (to preserve the aging effect) with a custom surface texture was created.

“Matching the color and preserving the rich heritage of East Lake was essential for Ludowici,” explains Rob Wehr of Ludowici Roof Tile. “For the first four months of the project our ceramic engineers worked closely to provide an exact match of roofing tiles for East Lake to review.”

The 14 custom colors designed by Ludowici would need to be presented in a particular arrangement to maintain the proper appearance of the roof restoration. They calculated the proper mixture of the 14 tile colors, and with the help of KTM Roofing the mixture was replicated to best match each roof square, a 10′ x 10′ area on a roof. KTM Roofing would provide the new roof installation and preservation of the current roof should East Lake need the historic tiles for existing buildings.

One of the main concerns for East Lake was preserving the material from the current roof. KTM Roofing focused on saving and preserving all existing roof tile that could be recycled. This tile matches other buildings on the grounds and is of high historic value to the heritage of East Lake.

KTM was able to complete the project in about two months by using a team of 15 roofers, working 13 hours shifts, 6 days a week.

Tim McLoughlin, President of KTM Roofing explains, “A seasoned team of KTM’s Atlanta roofers were highly dedicated to completing this project. Many of the roofers on this project have over ten years of experience with KTM.”

For more information about Ludowici Roof Tile go to ludowici.com or call 1-800-945-8453.

For more information about KTM Roofing, or for questions about Atlanta tile roof installations go to ktmroofing.com.

About East Lake Golf Club:

East Lake Golf Club is the oldest golf course in Atlanta, celebrating over 100 years of history. In addition to being the home course of legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones, East Lake is also the home to The TOUR Championship, the final official event of the PGA TOUR season. Visit eastlakegolfclub.com for details

About Ludowici Roof Tile:

Since 1888 Ludowici has been providing roof tile innovation. The company specializes in barrel, flat shingle, interlocking, ludoslate and ludoshake roofs. Ludowici customers have the ability to customize the color, texture and form of their roof’s tile. The company is often called upon for historic preservations and can recreate tile made by other manufacturers, such as Mifflin Hood and Heinz roof tile.

About KTM Roofing:

KTM Roofing has been raising roofing standards in Georgia since 1984. Incorporated in 1995, this Atlanta roofing company is dedicated to excellence in professional roofing. Specializing in roof replacements, the Atlanta roofing contractor can work with a variety of roof materials including natural slate, synthetic slate, clay tile, concrete tile, cedar, pine, cypress, modified bitumen and asphalt. You can receive a roof proposal from KTM Roofing by visiting ktmroofing.com.


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