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Ruined Shack Turned into an Energy-Efficient Green Home in Iowa City

Adaptive reuse of old structures does much more than utilize resources in a smart fashion. They create new styles and trends that come about due to a clever blend of contrasting themes. Taking this sustainable movement a step further is the Koser I in Iowa City – a project where Neumann Monson Architects completely transform an abandoned old home into a contemporary residence that is energy-neutral and full of green features. The makeover is truly inspiring with the new house generating enough power for all of the family needs and then some!

New backyard and relaxing deck bring the family together

The previous house on the lot was originally built in 1960s and was abandoned over time. The structure degenerated to a point where the locals referred to the place as the ‘shack’ before the latest revamp completely altered its appeal. The new structure doubles the living area to 2500 square feet and also adds a basement which further serves the needs of the family that moved into Koser I. Fetaures like Foamed-in-place insulation and insulated sheathing and passive heating and cooling techniques cut back the home’s reliance on artificial sources while a 8.4kW photovoltaic panel unit and geothermal installation power the home completely.

When it comes to style, the interior feels relaxing and modern with a white backdrop giving the living area, kitchen and bedrooms a cheerful appeal. A lovely garden and a beautiful little deck put the final touches on this amazing conversion that is clean and contemporary. [Photography: Integrated Studio]

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Light-filled and exquisite kitchen in white that is uber-efficient
Living area in neutral hues with a comfy sofa
Revamped and re-imagined Iowa City home with energy-efficient design
Smart wooden deck provides a relaxing escape at home
Windows in the bedroom bring the outdoors inside

The family measures their success in the surplus of energy and credit received from the utility company, the quality of life they enjoy, and the positive influence the house has had on the neighborhood. A nearby property has already begun renewal with the same goals: quality, sustainability, and design excellence.

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White home office with plenty of natural light
Discarded 1960s home transformed into a spacious modern home
Entrance of the Koser I Residence in Iowa City
Wooden deck is connected with the kitchen inside

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