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Paul Gleicher and Lisa Sharkey’s renovation

April 23, 2010

One of the things I love to do in the city is walk around and look at exteriors of homes, imagining their interiors. Take this one, for example. I mean, just look at those windows.

Well, this time I don’t have to imagine what the interior looks like because we get to peek inside! It’s the home of Paul Gleicher, his wife Lisa Sharkey and their family, a 1885 New York townhouse that he renovated to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. Gleicher is a LEED-accredited architect and founder of Gleicher Design Group. Okay, let’s head in, shall we?

Oh so that’s what’s behind those amazing windows — I could spend an afternoon soaking up the sun in that living room. Or an entire week.

I love the space of the home, it’s so light and airy. It’s also incredibly eco-friendly. The kitchen has formaldehyde-free cabinets and pieces by Environment Furniture. The countertops are made from recycled glass and concrete by a local (Brooklyn-based) company called IceStone. All appliances are as efficient as possible, reducing both energy and water consumption. FLOR tiles were used for some of the carpeting. Paul and Lisa also installed a HEPA vacuum system in the house and used low-VOC paint and formaldehyde-free products to manage indoor air quality and reduce off-gassing.

Dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets are installed in the bathroom. And the best part?

The rooftop glass conservatory and green roof.

Ah yes, I’ll gladly move into the glass conservatory please. I love this home, I think it’s a great example of how using products that are healthier, better for the environment and local can still look great. What do you think? If you didn’t know that it was designed to be efficient and eco-friendly would you ever have known?

Check out more about the renovation in this article by New York House Magazine (complete with a great resource list for many of the eco-friendly products used in the home). Paul Gleicher and Lisa Sharkey also have a book out that I’m dying to get my hands on called Dreaming Green: Eco-Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire.

all photos via Gleicher Design Group

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