Small House, Small Carbon Footprint

The Old House Web

Editor's Note: This video series will be published each week over the Month of May, 2010. Please check back for new episodes.

Matt Grocoff, Green Renovation Expert for Old House Web, takes us through a house tour of his neighbor's 150-year-old LEED Platinum Certified Home. This house combines Small House design, Green technology, restoration, and architectural salvage to achieve a Green design.

Video 1 - Small ideas: A 150-Year-Old LEED Platinum Certified House

House Web Green Renovation Expert Matt Grocoff takes us to neighbors John and Liz’s house for a quick overview. They made their 150-year-old home Green by preserving a small house floor plan and adding Green technology.

Video 2 - New Uses for Reclaimed Timbers

Matt Grocoff and his friend discuss the staircase, one of the key design ideas of their Not So Big House. Find out where they got the materials and how they made the design work in their small house.

Video 3 - Small Kitchen Design Ideas

Matt Grocoff and his friend discuss the small kitchen design and use of eco-friendly fixtures and salvaged materials. We also learn how a kitchen island can enable flexible space.

Video 4 - A Dual Purpose Mud Room

Matt Grocoff, Green Renovation Expert for the Old House Web, takes us through his neighbors John and Liz’s 150-year-old LEED Platinum Certified house. We check out a mud room that also caters to the owners’ biking lifestyle.


Matt Grocoff is the Green Renovation Expert for the Old House Web. He is an attorney-turned-producer and founder of Greenovation.tv. He is a regular contributor to The Environment Report syndicated on NPR stations nationwide. He and his wife Kelly are renovating an old Folk-Victorian which will soon produce more energy than it uses.

Additional Credits

Directed, filmed and edited by Kevin Leeser

Music by Josh Woodward

Special Thanks to Doug Selby, Meadowlark Builders, and Michael Klement, Principal Architectural Resource

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