This home features a timber-framed garden pergola with translucent Solar Panels and a full permaculture garden right in the City of Ithaca.
Contact Name: Steve Austin
Address: 110 Delaware Avenue, Ithaca
Type of Building: Pergola / permaculture landscape / home remodeling
Designers / Builders / Contractors: Aaron Dennis - pergola; Ben LeWalter Designs - pond and stonework; Otto Ottison - trellises, window and solar light tube installation, kitchen restructuring; Benjamin Franklin and Pleasant Valley - plumbing and electrical; Bellasario - excavation and concrete; Rick Manning - landscape architect; Snug Planet - insulation; Renovus - photovoltaics and solar hot water system; Steve Austin, Owner - plantings, aqua systems and management
Year Built: Renovated 1920s Craftsman style (2011)
Building Features: timber-framed pergola with semi-translucent photovoltaics on the south-facing side of the roof; solar thermal vacuum tubes on house; permaculture garden with complete rainwater catchment system for irrigation with integrated pond system and fish farm. Kitchen has been completely renovated with custom cabinetry locally sourced creative input and labor (counter top and sink are from the Corian® Terra Collection [13% pre-consumer recycled content and GREENGUARD® certified]; curly maple counter in dining room is from PA and is locally crafted). New windows, cellulose insulation, solar light tubes, passive solar on the 1st floor south side, using the solar hot water tubes as window awnings. Experimenting with solar heat collectors, which will be on display.
Tilapia aquaculture in a 4-season greenhouse with an enclosed Aquaponic System, in the pond and basement as well. Urban homestead with a self sufficient food system of terraced edible landscape with stone and rock garden microclimates; companion plantings, guilds and niches; alternative clover "lawn". Winner of the 2012 City of Ithaca Pride of Ownership Award. Homeowner offers offsite consulting, installations and networking. More information is available at www.facebook.com/TheDelawareAvenueProject.
Last updated September 29, 2015