A Green Renovation in Hollin Hills

A Green Renovation in Hollin Hills

Aaron Able
Jan 29, 2010

In the Dwell archives, don't miss the story of architects Sally and Ken Wilson's renovated home that sits in Hollin Hills — the progressive housing mid-century development in Alexandria, Virginia.

Many of the original homes in Hollin Hills used brick that was recycled from decaying Baltimore warehouses.

According to the Dwell article ,the Wilson's renovation stayed true to the Hollin Hills aesthetic — their goal was to make the addition undetectable and they even went back to Baltimore to get additional brick.

The Wilsons went to great lengths to use sustainable materials and pay close attention to energy efficiency. "We used copper plumbing instead of PVC, zero-VOC paints, insulated glass, bamboo and sustainably harvested wood, increased the roof rafter size to allow more insulation, made the walls thicker, and put in a mechanical system that is three times more efficient," says Ken.

For more images, the full article and an overview of Hollin Hills, see Dwell | Community of Vision.

Images: Eric Laignel

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