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Apr 30, 2014 5:12PM

Whoa!   she is creepy!

And let's be real.  There is NOTHING 'green' about spending $950,000 on a house and then ripping it apart and throwing away half of it. even if you did buy a very small amount of your materials on craigslist. pretty hypocritical of them to pretend they are 'green', other than from a 'they got money to burn' perspective.

Apr 30, 2014 8:40AM
Please write some well-researched articles on building a decent home for under 100K.   It should be doable, but all you see is these "interesting" remodels, houses, container homes, odd looking homes, etc. that most ordinary people either can't afford or would want.  We should be able to solve a problem like building affordable housing - it's the 21st century ! And yes, I know about trailer/mobile homes. Not always feasable and don't always hold value - also they are sometimes too expensive for what u get.     My recourse will probably be to buy an inexpensive, needs work kind of home and remodel. But that can lead to a lot of trouble. But I'll have to try.    
Apr 30, 2014 8:12AM
Why are so many here angry? This is just one couples story of how they decided to remodel, they appear very well off, possibly preparing for retirement, but not necessarily rich. So why all the haters?.....To the Hendersons, nice job! enjoy your home, say Hi to Harry.
Apr 30, 2014 4:41AM
I'd like to know how the hell one gets slate up off a floor without it breaking into a million prices?  Did the prior owners just have it floating and not adhered to the concrete?  Sounds a little suspicious!
Apr 30, 2014 3:37AM
would it not have been greener to just suffer with their million dollar house the way it was and spend their endless supply of cash (that most likely was earned destroying the environment) on admittedly cheap yet new materials to remodel with while filling the local land fill with perfectly good materials. what part of this story is green other that what these people are smoking.
Nov 19, 2013 7:58AM
I worked with the Hendersons on this house. It was in the depths of the housing crash, and Dave was putting people to work. It took some courage to invest in construction during those days, and Dave helped lead the way. Not only were environment goals achieved, but people were put to work. If more people had Dave's vision in this country, there would be less unemployment and better construction. 
Oct 5, 2013 6:56AM
If "green" is the goal, why not reduce the square footage (which would decrease the house's energy usage) and increase the outdoor space with historical and endangered plants that are adapted for that enviornment?
Oct 5, 2013 6:37AM
I was expecting to hear about how you used a green power source. I  agree with reply # 1.  They have to be kidding.  Although the house is beautiful.  Now I am jealous. 
Sep 19, 2013 6:20PM
If you live in the Austin, Texas area I highly recommend the Habitat for Humanity Restore. 

Jun 10, 2013 8:55AM

They spent over a million dollars on the house plus reno before they even started "bargain" shopping on Craigslist.  The mil+ was already spent before they sat down at the computer, so Craigslist did NOT build this house. And..."Bargains" to folks who can afford million dollar homes may not be "Bargains" for the other 98% of the folks reading this article.


The folks over at Craigslist should be offended at having their name used in this article!

Jun 10, 2013 8:52AM
Habitat For Humanity is also a good place to look. They have 'stores' in various locations. The one where I live has all kinds of stuff. Everything from hundreds of doors ..to tile ..to ovens... but God forbid I find bricks anywhere.
Jun 10, 2013 8:24AM
this web page is screwed up....how can you look and comment on a disjointed presentation
Jun 10, 2013 7:56AM
I wouldn't call this a "green" home. I really don't get the point of the article. My parents have been doing this for years on their rental properties and have not spent as much money as this. Many average Joe's do this all year round find something defective on craiglist and repair it at home. But it is very important to remember that craiglists is not the safest place. always be careful. 
Jun 10, 2013 7:52AM

I think it is very beautiful and was nice of them both to share it with the world.

We often find used materials ourselves for our home and Granite slabs that are left over or pieces someone changed their mind on last minute, we never pay full retail for anything.


We go to garage sales on line sales and bargain with people.


We may beable to pay and afford full  price but that is only because we do not,

get the picture.


Lovely story and lovely house.



Jun 10, 2013 7:24AM
4000 bricks could have been used for a nice backyard patio with fire pit. To go greener a house that size ( which is ironic when used in the same sentence as going green when factoring in global awareness) should have a "greener power source". In reality one could have left the house as is and put in a greener power source and been greener. As far as the wood ceiling someone mentioned it is now a focal point, exactly- old growth existing wood is a great green move, it is a great insulator and a great deal of  heat is lost here. I personally would have bucky balled (domed) the main room  with a roof grid tied solar, one step further to be greener with that amount of scratch to spend I would have doubled walled the exterior walls with greener insulation. As a side note-  those bricks could have been used to make a hot house to heat the place , this area has a great deal of wood. Going green is a complicated subject and is organic. If I were say 60 years old and had 25 years left to live - In reality , the greenest thing to do may be to just burn my wood and donate my time and cash to places where what green I have will do what I consider the most going green good. :)
Jun 10, 2013 7:21AM
big deal. still spent a fortune. and I am weary of haVING TO SEE EVERYBODY'S "ego houses".
Jun 10, 2013 6:59AM

Reminds me an article I read on here allllll about this couple restoring some old farm house (yes big $$$$$ was involved in that as well). The owners lamented about how trying the task was and how proud of their work they were, etc and so on.


However, they also talked about in the article about the contractors and how they stayed in a hotel during remodeling and if you can read between the lines- they didn't do any work at all and they did not rough it while working on it. They paid others to do the work while they lived with room service.


Insulting to the rest of us who actually can take credit for doing the transformations with our own talents, blood, sweat and tears and all.

Jun 10, 2013 6:32AM

Yeah, I see the "interesting" remodel and advertising here", but when you have the easy money to buy a million dollar house in a not so expensive area + spend another $350K on remodeling it, bringing the price tag up to $1.3-1.4 million, you kind of lose most of us.


I also agree, that its a bit overboard.  Love the history of some of the pieces also, but they could have easily cut out some cost and a had a simpler, more elegant look.


Oh and esbee, nature does what nature does.  cutting down a tree is not necessarily the issue.  Its the carbon footprint we cause with non-nature friendly products, not reusing them, massive over use of electronic devices and replacing them needlessly way too often.  This is exacerbated by industry wanting to keep their revenues growing, so they purposefully "obsolete our devices" through largely un-needed and really questionable software "upgrades and modifications"

Jun 10, 2013 6:20AM

While it is admirable that the homeowners were able to find materials rich in history and at a price they were willing to pay...I think they got caught up in the thrill of the scavenger hunt and saving money more than the end results.


The location of the home and the view may very well be breathtaking hands down... shame that the aesthetics of the remodel isn't equally as impressive.  The wood is beautiful but less is more here.  The wood ceiling gives it a heaviness and distracts from the overall room.  After all ... the focal point should never be the ceiling. 


The Kitchen and open areas on the main floor are inharmonious and create an appearance of being cluttered.  The long row of kitchen cabinets ... the functionality work space of the kitchen and placement of the furniture is all part of balance.  The dining table is too expansive for the amount of space it sits in.... the furniture needs staging so as to take better utilize the spaces and take advantage of the views. 


The hot tub room would be a nice addition if it were not so crowded and had  more of a view of the outside.  The overhang over the patio feels heavy and it would be so much nicer if it took advantage of the natural lighting and more open/airy with a little GREENery of plants and nature.


Love the lower level steps that were made from the beams... that added character to the space.


Overall I am sure it was an improvement for an otherwise outdated interior but there could have been so many things done RIGHT with the products they bought from Craig's list if they had also taken into consideration the floor plan and layout of the room as well.

Jun 10, 2013 6:14AM
No geo thermal, solar, or high insulating for conservation mentioned. Just a massive amount of wood products,whether new closeouts or recycled. I'm not a tree hugger but still, how many trees are you allowed to use and still be classified as GREEN? They refurbished it into a beautiful house but not very green for over a million dollar investment? 
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