2128 Heights Drive, Boise 

2128 Heights Drive, Boise


2 bed/2 bath

This 63-year-old home underwent a green remodel in 2007 that earned an award from Idaho Smart Growth for being an eco-friendly rehabilitation project. It has become both a national showcase and a local classroom for conscientious renovation. The simple two-story dwelling combines good indoor air quality with energy efficiency that starts in the front yard and reaches to the second-floor master suite.

The owner's aim was to preserve and open up the existing structure while adding a stack of bedrooms onto the back of the house. Leftover wood from the home's old carport was used in the addition to create headers, door frames and the underlay for a new staircase. Planks of Douglas fir that were reclaimed from a barn in Lewiston have been fashioned into stair treads that lead to the new upper master suite.

Concerns about off-gassing and indoor air quality were addressed by using formaldehyde-free cabinet materials in the light-filled kitchen, wool carpeting in the living room, Marmoleum flooring in the master bathroom and low-VOC paints throughout the home.

Radiant heating in the concrete floors keeps things warm in the winter, while the dwelling's windows are oriented to allow cooling breezes to flow through the house in the summertime.

The front yard combines drought-tolerant landscaping with a south-facing vegetable garden containing tomatoes, cabbage and squash. The back yard is currently unfinished.

Pros: Award-winning, energy-efficient home.

Cons: Unfinished back yard.

Open House: Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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