Archive for January, 2010

Stealthy Green in Delhi Township

 

Maybe a new catchphrase in the making?  Stealthy Green – environmentalism that blends into the vernacular of a particular neighborhood without screaming “I’m different, look at me!” Walking past this ranch home nestled in the hills of Delhi Township, the native-species landscaping might catch your eye (well, okay, so it’s winter… things are a little brown, but it has gorgeous perennials.  Check out the springtime photos on the link below), but its modern-era brick exterior otherwise blends into the architectural flow of the neighborhood.  Behind the thoughtful landscaping and inviting front porch, however, are environmentally minded updates extending way beyond what meets the eye. 

The owners have taken great steps to make it as efficient as possible in their years of ownership, adding a 165-gallon rainwater catchment system with a controlled overflow into an elevated rain garden in back , offering easy access to water exterior plants and the yard full of gardens and little grass to maintain.  Perennial beds are stocked with native, drought-tolerant species and summertime boasts a varied harvest of organic vegetables.

There are new low-flow water fixtures in the totally renovated full bathroom off the finished lower-level; no-VOC paint, timer-controlled exhaust fan and a new hybrid Bryant HVAC system with Puron and a 5-year warranty.  The house boasts updated electric (wired/cabled throughout), outodoor motion sensor lights and CFL’s in every socket. 

Other efficient and valuable peace-of-mind updates include full window replacement in 2000 with efficient insulated vinyl windows carrying a lifetime warranty;  the roof was installed in 1999 with a 25-year warranty; there are glass block windows in the finished basement – as well as a full-walkout with french doors for added natural light (and no steps to get out to the patio and back yard!).  The entire house is very well maintained with an amazing (and I mean amazing)  retro kitchen that the right buyers will find very, very cool.

With 3 bedrooms upstairs, a finished walk-out lower level and great outdoor patio space, this house is a fantastic package with surprising spaces, at an amazing price.  The owners tell us their energy bills average about $150/month, even running a full-time home office.  Call for a tour!  Check out the link:  5087 Grosse Pointe Dr. 

January 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

Groupons!!!

Economy of scale – what a green concept!  Save on a huge array of things with this fast growing, deal-finding web service.  The power of buying in bulk, online, saving a ton of $ – and with zero packaging!!!

Here’s how Groupon is making the magic happen (get ready, this may be too simple for some to digest):

How It Works

  1. Each day we feature something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

Check out their Cincinnati website:  http://www.groupon.com/cincinnati/

January 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment


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