1st Open house

Cathy and I have been giving impromptu project tours on occasion. We decided a while back to step it up a notch, to stage an open house, or better yet a green rehab tour. The question was, when to do so?

With the last layer of insulation installed we were about to close up the walls and ceiling. Because the thermal envelope assembly is such an important component of our green rehab, we decided that now was the perfect time to send out invitations.

Other items that show well are the heating system, plumbing and drain water heat recovery unit.

We were not sure what attendance to expect. We were surprised with the turnout … very surprised.

Cathy and I were busy non-stop, showing a constant stream of visitors around. Because it was so busy I had difficulties keeping track of the visitor numbers. I counted 45 but am sure that I missed a few.

We are looking forward to a repeat a few months down the road. That time, we will be better prepared!

If you missed the open house, but would have liked to attend the next time, leave a comment. I will make sure I put you on our e-mail list for the next open house announcement.


About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

9 thoughts on “1st Open house

  1. Add us please! We’re so excited to watch your progress- very inspiring as we contemplate and plan for a similar project. 🙂

  2. Hi Marcus!

    Definitely keep me on your list for future open houses. I can’t wait to see how different the house looks from the last time I saw it.


  3. Please add me as well. I’ve been reading from day one with jealousy. Our sustainable rehab of our 1800s cottage is sorely lacking in comparison.

  4. Marcus, I’d love an invitation as well. Kudos to you both for the work you are doing and for sharing so much knowledge with us.

  5. Hi Marcus,

    Please add me to the list for future open houses as well.

    Your blog is a great resource for us as we’re working on a 90 yr old frame bungalow on the NW side. I appreciate the amount of detail you go into regarding your decision process and the materials you use. Well done!

    And the time lapse pics are most excellent.

  6. Just bought a vintage 2-flat, hoping to rehab as green as possible. Would love to see your place if you do any future open houses. Thanks!

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