Dodson said having a home that is environmentally friendly, but doesn’t sacrifice amenities, provides a peace of mind.
“I think that’s great, you know, not to have a trade-off,” she said.
Residents: Mara Dodson and Doug LeGette with their dog, Buddy. Mara is a consultant for Washington, D.C.-based The Moss Group and Doug is a special education teacher.
Location: Atlanta's Edgewood neighborhood
Size: 1,500 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths
Year built/bought: 1925/2016
Architectural style: Craftsman bungalow
Favorite architectural elements: Original hardwood floors, sliding barn door in master bedroom
Project consultants: Joe Thomas of Elemental Green Homes and real estate agent Clarke Weeks of Coldwell Banker NRT Intown.
Renovations: "Essentially, the entire house has been updated, while keeping the original fireplace and brick exterior," Dodson said. In 2016, Elemental Green Homes expanded the back to add the master bedroom and bath, guest bath and kitchen. The company installed Low-e windows along with Icynene foam insulation, sheetrock and new HVAC and ERV (energy recovery ventilation) systems to improve the air quality. The renovated kitchen has expansive countertop space and storage, she said. The plumbing was even reconfigured to find the shortest way for hot water to reach the bathrooms. The home also was repainted and new light fixtures were installed.
Interior design styles: Eclectic and mid-century modern
Favorite interior design elements: The built-in bookshelves are a "great feature in the living room, paired with a funky spider-like light fixture," Dodson said. Her favorite vintage and antique pieces are her grandmother's china cabinet and her grandfather's Coca-Cola cooler.
Favorite outdoor features: The front porch with rocking chairs, and, her husband, Doug LeGette's favorite appliance, their Big Green Egg.
Resources: Furniture from Macy's, Target, Lenoir Empire Furniture in Tennessee, and the Houzz and Nextdoor apps. Lights from Houzz and T.J. Maxx.
Decor tips: Try to incorporate vintage pieces into a space. Dodson placed a vanity that once belonged to her grandmother in the guest bedroom.