Right Sized Homes began rehabilitation of the 1331 Myrtlewood Street property in the winter of 2009, building to current energy savings practices with high efficiency heating, cooling and water heating, new low-e windows, and newly insulated reflective roofing. Midway through construction, we were able to acquire the adjacent abandoned lot. This inspired us to think differently, exploring how this typical rowhouse rehab could be redesigned, in a cost-effective way, to a higher standard of sustainability that could be replicated throughout Philadelphia. The lot was designed to include a kitchen garden, renewable fence screening, and a storage area for bicycles and scooters in order to encourage non-auto commuting. Inside the house more sustainable materials were obtained: ceramic tile replacing vinyl tile, bamboo and carpeting from recycled materials replacing standard carpeting, ultra-low consumption toilet replacing standard fixture, motion sensor exterior lighting and solar house numbers added.
Locally brewed beverages will be served at this showcase event.
When: Thursday, August 12th
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: 1331 S. Myrtlewood St., Phila., PA 19146