Our Greenovation Project sits on 23 acres right next door to the Ocala National Forest in Central Florida. The forty-year-old failing horse farm captured my heart while I was horse back riding in the forest two years ago. The home’s good bones, rolling acres and south facing buildings inspired the concept of Terra Verde or “green land.”
The first step was to cleanup the overgrown landscaping and turn it into mulch, the old heating oil tank in the front lawn was removed and recycled, and all usable materials inside the home were donated to neighbors and to the local reuse center.
The next step was to pull together a team of talented greenovators to help transform the home. Designer Jim Lucia specializes in Green transformations; Rick Caccavello from Central Kitchen and Bath in Orlando Florida will be joining forces with Holiday Kitchens to create an eco-friendly kitchen and bath space free of formaldehyde and other off-gassing materials; Gene McDonald from Refresh Interiors will be fabricating our recycled glass countertops; Cody Metcalf and the WinderLumen LED team will be illuminating Terra Verde inside and out; Kay Green will be focusing on healthy and sustainable interior design; and last but not least, Dr. Jennifer Languell from the Florida Green Building Coalition will be playing our “Green Police” and certifying our home.
Now, If you’re thinking about making your home as energy efficient as possible, the best place to start is to do a home energy evaluation. Just remember-audits alone don’t save energy-you need to implement the recommended improvements! Here’s a good tip – talk to your local utility company – they may offer free or discounted energy audits.
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