Business owner Paul Hickman gives one home the chance to be filled with laughter and love once more. With his Urban Ashes company, Hickman started the project of salvaging a house at 2115 Newport Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Ann Arbor News reports that the 1949 mid-century ranch house had a few structural issues, as well as plenty of cosmetic updates. However, the building was still good with its deep overhangs and vertical skylights despite being left alone for more than a decade.
Hickman hired architect Michael Klement, principal of Architectural Resources and Doug Selby, owner of Meadlark Building to revamp the tired home into a green property that would once again be fit to be inhabited.
"I commend Paul for rescuing this house," Selby. "It's always a challenge getting a house to net-zero (where it produces more energy than it uses). To do that to a house that was in this bad of shape is double-challenging. He could have picked an easier house, but went for the challenge."
The home’s ample light and colorful history was what attracted Hickman to the project. According to the news source, the owner of the property before Hickman was a hoarder by reputation and eventually fell ill and moved to a care facility, which meant the property was left vacant and in disrepair for years. However, after many updates, Hickman can proudly express that the property is on its way to achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) thanks to the incorporation of energy-efficient technology like radiant heating.
Radiant floor heating not only allowed the interior details of the home remain intact, but also is energy efficient and worked well with other sustainable features of the property. The utility solution allows warmth to travel directly to rooms that require heat without experiencing measurable heat loss like other traditional heating options.