Elmwood Renovation

Ecological Project Design

  • Existing footprint of structure was maintained.

Mindful Materials Handling

  • Recycling
    • Cardboard, metal, paper and wood were recycled during project construction.
    • Saw dust was composted.
  • Reusing
    • Existing Douglas Fir stairway and upper level sub-floor was meticulously sanded and finished for use as an elegant new floor.
  • Salvaging
    • Existing window sashes were all rebuilt (with insulated glass and new complements) as new in the existing frames.
    • The existing door hardware was salvaged for another project.
    • New upper level clerestory and operable skylight system was installed for day lighting and ventilation.

Sustainable Materials Integration

  • 85% of framing lumber was FSC-certified.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

  • A 5KW solar PV system was installed.
  • Spray foam insulation installed in new attic space for additional R-value.
  • Existing walls were filled with blown in cellulose for additional R-value.

Healthy Interiors

  • UltraTouch cotton insulation used throughout areas of new renovation.
  • Low-VOC adhesives.
  • Low-VOC paint used on drywall and trim.

Resource Conservation

  • Dual-flush toilets replaced existing fixtures.


Inquire with Vida about the possibilities for your renovation, addition or new construction.
Call (415) 868-8881 or email

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