Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wool Warms Pennsylvania House

It is amazing to me to see wonderful homes built almost 200 years ago that are getting a second chance at being that beloved family home bursting again with family, friends and laughter.

One of Oregon Shepherd's Pennsylvania clients is doing just that for a
home built by the Markley Family in 1834.  Members of the family had lived in the house continually for six generations until Meriam Markley died at the age of 107.  Meriam's children are now in their 70's and 80's and none live in the area so they decided to sell the family home.

Refurbished Fireplace

After serving overseas as an F-16 Pilot, our client found this home  and felt it was the perfect place to return to his roots.  He says that it has been vacant for several years and that the last major renovations were done in the late 1950's so it needed a lot of work.  This stone farm house had little if any in the way of insulation.  The walls are two foot thick stone so they did not need insulation but the attic and the under floor did.

We were so excited to be working with this client and to be able to meet his insulation needs and his timeline that I took a picture of the crew when they had the order ready for shipment to Pennsylvania.  Here are John, Jordan and Joey with a shipment of four pallets of Oregon Shepherd PermaLoft, 100% all-natural wool insulation, Pennsylvania bound!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A New Life for an Old Building

Oregon Shepherd was able to be a part of a great remodeling project last year.  The Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) needed a new home.  Their search led them to a building in St. Helens, Oregon that was originally a school and most recently home to a Grange.  So rather than build a new structure the CSWCD took on the challenge of restoring an old structure with the help of AKAAN Design.

Here is a photo of the building as the McNulty School, built in 1915:

                          And as the Warren Grange:

And now as the new home of the Columbia SWCD:
The renovation incorporated many sustainable design features including Oregon Shepherd 100% all natural wool insulation.  Some of the other green features are a high efficiency heating system and light fixtures with occupancy sensors, on demand hot water, low flow plumbing fixtures, carpet made from 100% recycled rubber tires,and  resin wall panels of 100% recycled plastic bottles.  Outside you find rain gardens and native plantings to filter rain water runoff.
The building renovation respects the historic character of the building but adds contemporary elements.

Oregon Shepherd is proud to be a part of this historic renovation. Now this wonderful building has many useful years left to be a center of community activity.

A New Life for an Old Building