HGTV Green Home Goes Platinum in 2011
July 14, 2011
This year’s HGTV Green Home, located in Stapleton (Denver), Colo., combined a LEED Platinum Certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council with a Frank Lloyd Wright influenced prairie style design.
The location of the home was at the old airport in Stapleton. Stapleton Airport was the city’s primary airport from 1929 to 1995, until the opening of the new Denver International Airport. Now known as Stapleton Denver, the area is a mixed-use development covering 4,700 acres of homes, retail shops, offices, parks and schools with history, sustainability and educational offerings.
A remnant from the old airport, the control tower, still stands just a few blocks from the home and serves as a directional landmark. The 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths home packed everything a homeowner would want in today’s home: living room, dining room, powder room, loft, “do” room, efficient kitchen and a two-car garage, complete with a dog-washing station, in approximately 2,343 sq. ft.
The home features a 5-kilowatt solar system powering the heating, cooling, lighting, energy and security systems from a digital touchscreen. Design of the home is influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1908 Robie House with a front patio and side deck for expanded living areas.
Featured throughout the home are hardwood, carpet, carpet tile, ceramic, glass tile and area rugs from Shaw, exclusive flooring sponsor. Many of the rooms featured bound broadloom carpet placed over the hardwood floors. The reason: additional LEED points.
Entering the home, the main flooring was Alto Pass hardwood in Chicory. It was used throughout the home except in the upstairs master bathroom. “When you walk in the front door, the first thing you notice is the amazing tile backsplash in the kitchen,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. The focal point in the kitchen is a mosaic of gray, white and yellow glass tile of Shaw’s Nova Roma Café Au Lait, fashioned from reclaimed stained glass.
Natural transitions are used to connect the kitchen with the living room (great room) and the dining room. Featured in the living room is the Step by Step bound carpet in Pineapple. The Naturally Elegant (Riverbank) bound carpet highlights the dining room.
The “Do” room, which multi-purposes as laundry, craft areas and home office with wall-to-wall cabinetry, features inset Chatterbox carpet tiles with eco-worx sustainable, cradle-to-cradle non-pvc backing with 40% recycled content.
Upstairs in the loft the Providence Light Multi area rug with a floral, leafy look adds brightness.
The girl’s bedroom in pink combines the Having Fun bound carpet in Bubblegum over the Alto Pass hardwood floor. The other kid’s bedroom uses alternating Chicory and Oat Straw Alto Pass hardwood for an easy to-do custom look.
The master bedroom partners the Stylish Element bound cut loop carpet in Pepper Green above the Alto pass hardwood. A beetle kill pine headboard system is the focal point of the room. The master bathroom uses Lacava Mosaic on the floor and inside the shower floor with Mixed Up Random Slate in Pikes Peak color on the shower walls.
Built by Denver area home builder Infinity Home Collection, you can go to the National Floor Trends website (www.ntlfloortrends.com) to view a video of this year’s Green Home.