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Old Is New Again

The Flip House remodel re-used nearly all of the materials deconstructed from the original 1924 home.

Old Is New Again

The Flip House remodel re-used nearly all of the materials deconstructed from the original 1924 home.

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    Windows and doors were salvaged from area buildings and incorporated into the Energy Star home.

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    The chimney of the original house was dismantled and the brick was used for a walkway and landscaping. In the kitchen, the new freestanding wood-burning Bodart & Gonay fireplace was finished with salvaged chalkboard

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    The front porch railing and screening were reclaimed from the former house’s stairs and decking, respectively.

The aim of the Flip House remodel in Geneseo, N.Y., was to re-use nearly all materials from the original 1924 home, says Ali Yapicioglu, AIA, of In.Site: Architecture. As the small house was gutted, bricks, lumber, decking, windows, and doors were salvaged and old nails were sent to a recycling center. The materials were stored in a backyard shed and the basement until construction began.

Even the home’s old vinyl siding was repurposed. Yapicioglu kept it on the house and incorporated it into a rainscreen that was furred out with strips made from recycled pressure-treated wood decking and topped by new western larch. It was an unconventional purpose for a seemingly un-recyclable material, he says.

“We had to extend all the jambs for the doors and windows but when you take on that kind of philosophy you have to do the additional work that comes along with it,” he says.

In addition, stair treads from the main house were reused to make steps leading into the basement and garage and chalkboard from a nearby elementary school renovation was speced for the kitchen countertop, bathroom vanities, and fireplace surround.

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  • windows and doors were salvaged from area buildings and incorporated into the energy star home.

    Old Is New Again

    The Flip House remodel re-used nearly all of the materials deconstructed from the original 1924 home.