When it comes to green building, the Augusta Simon Homestead in New Canaan, Connecticut, goes to show that it is possible to teach an old home new tricks, as the renovation of this pre-Civil War home, circa 1860, recently earned LEED Gold status.
This historic building was actually slated for demolition when Lorraine Jorden stepped in and purchased it. An environmental advocate with a local organization called Green Life, Jorden decided not only to save the colonial farmhouse, known as “The Augusta Simon Homestead c. 1860” (named after the noted artist, who painted whimsical town scenes in the style of Grandma Moses) but to do so in the greenest possible way, preserving existing materials and using non-toxic new materials to update and modernize the home.
Green features include a large Jotul woodstove in the kitchen fireplace which esus enough biomass to heat the home, KCMA forestry stewardship certified cabinets, recycled granite counters from discarded ends, a 36″ European gas fuel efficient range, travertine marble and antique French hand-painted tiles, and Energy Star certified stainless steel appliances.
The New England home–in which ghost stories abound and children’s laughter is reportedly heard in the attic–has also been certified by the Green Business League assessment and Green Home Certification Program.
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