Building One Of The First Sustainable Homes In The US
,Blogger’s Note: We recently sat down with sustainable building expert Richard Woods, CEO of Albany Woodworks, to see what inspired him to build a green home for his family nearly 40 years ago.
Sustainable Homes and Reclaimed Lumber
Richard, tell us about your current home and what led you to build green in a time when most people were not yet fully aware of the numerous benefits of sustainable building.
Sustainable Building Concepts
In this process, Judith and I learned many new skills including how to best utilize old lumber. I believe the old lumber is the most beautiful design element in our home. We were surprised when people loved our house just as much as we do! Guests to our home began saying that they really liked the look of our house and wished they could use antique building materials in their home. With children on the way, and needing a more substantial income, Judith and I decided to start a business. We began recycling, refurbishing, and constructing products, mostly furniture, from old growth “antique” cypress and heart pine.