Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia

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March 22, 2011
Originally published in Cheap and Chic
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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.
    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.
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  The surrounding neighborhood of East Kensington is mostly brick facades.
    The surrounding neighborhood of East Kensington is mostly brick facades.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    Vacant lots and derelict houses aren’t terribly hard to find in East Kensington, a neighborhood where more developers are starting to pay attention.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  Teague plays in his Hiya crib from Spot on Square.
    Teague plays in his Hiya crib from Spot on Square.
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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.
    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.
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  Teague's bedroom.
    Teague's bedroom.
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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.
    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.
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