Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia

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March 22, 2011

By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly love for green, urban housing.

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  The HardiePanel siding on the adjacent 100K and 120K houses is a dramatic break from East Kensington’s mostly brick facades. The simple, well insulated box and the absence of a third floor keep each house affordable, sustainable, and within the reach of young families.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    The HardiePanel siding on the adjacent 100K and 120K houses is a dramatic break from East Kensington’s mostly brick facades. The simple, well insulated box and the absence of a third floor keep each house affordable, sustainable, and within the reach of young families.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  The surrounding neighborhood of East Kensington is mostly brick facades.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    The surrounding neighborhood of East Kensington is mostly brick facades.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Concrete floors and an Ikea kitchen and spice rack make for an affordable, cleanly geometric aesthetic at the back of the bottom floor. The appliances are by Frigidaire, and the black countertops are sealed with Eco Tuff by Eco Procote.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    Concrete floors and an Ikea kitchen and spice rack make for an affordable, cleanly geometric aesthetic at the back of the bottom floor. The appliances are by Frigidaire, and the black countertops are sealed with Eco Tuff by Eco Procote.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Vacant lots and derelict houses aren’t terribly hard to find in East Kensington, a neighborhood where more developers are starting to pay attention.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    Vacant lots and derelict houses aren’t terribly hard to find in East Kensington, a neighborhood where more developers are starting to pay attention.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Courtney and Teague play in the living room opposite a Perch lounge designed by Eric Pfeiffer for Offi. The paintings behind the TV are by artist Chris Clark.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    Courtney and Teague play in the living room opposite a Perch lounge designed by Eric Pfeiffer for Offi. The paintings behind the TV are by artist Chris Clark.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  The long, rectangular bottom floor is one uninterrupted space. Bikes live beneath the stairs, and the kitchen island is a center of activity. The dining table was made by Bench Dog Design and the Real Good chairs are by Blu Dot. An inexpensive fan by Emerson and exposed CFLs are smart, low-cost options for the ceiling.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    The long, rectangular bottom floor is one uninterrupted space. Bikes live beneath the stairs, and the kitchen island is a center of activity. The dining table was made by Bench Dog Design and the Real Good chairs are by Blu Dot. An inexpensive fan by Emerson and exposed CFLs are smart, low-cost options for the ceiling.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  More adult playthings, like this pair of bikes live under the stairs, whose cutouts break up the plane of plywood and double as peepholes for kids at play.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    More adult playthings, like this pair of bikes live under the stairs, whose cutouts break up the plane of plywood and double as peepholes for kids at play.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Teague plays in his Hiya crib from Spot on Square.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    Teague plays in his Hiya crib from Spot on Square.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Neither the master bedroom (where Courtney reposes on the bed) nor Teague’s bedroom has a door, making the small space upstairs feel more open and continuous.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    Neither the master bedroom (where Courtney reposes on the bed) nor Teague’s bedroom has a door, making the small space upstairs feel more open and continuous.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Teague's bedroom.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    Teague's bedroom.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  The back-yard yields veggies and flowers, and another Postgreen project is under construction just beyond the fence. “The 100K House is not over the top in terms of energy efficiency. It’s better than code, sure, but ultimately it’s just what makes sense.” says Chad Ludeman.  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    The back-yard yields veggies and flowers, and another Postgreen project is under construction just beyond the fence. “The 100K House is not over the top in terms of energy efficiency. It’s better than code, sure, but ultimately it’s just what makes sense.” says Chad Ludeman.

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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