Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Going Green in Oakland Mills

This past Monday I convinced my colleagues to check out the Second Chance Saloon in Oakland Mills for lunch. When I mentioned to the boys that they have sliders on the menu it was a done deal.

Driving down Kilimanjaro Road, we started talking about the unique single family homes that the former county housing director, Leonard Vaughan once described as looking “like mobile homes.” Some of these homes have aged quite well, some others not so much.

As we were passing Torrent Row we noticed some new construction. I drove by for a closer look.
Much to my surprise, someone was building a LEED for Homes house where one of these smaller houses once sat. The architect is an Ellicott City firm, DW Taylor and Associates.

This is an encouraging sign in an older neighborhood.

8 comments:

Hayduke's Ghost said...

Heh...thanks for the link.

The house you saw on Torrent Row is actually a group home that belongs to the Arc of Howard County. It's a really neat house -- it even has a basement -- and is a welcome sight in our neighborhood.

Here's something I wrote after the Post profiled these houses last year. There really is a wide disparity in the upkeep of the Pacesetters, and while I like to think mine is closer to "aged quite well" than "not so much," I know that can always temporarily hide its blemishes with a thick coat of makeup.

Sandy Cederbaum, OM Village Manager said...

Thanks for patronizing OM's newest restaurant the Second Chance Saloon! Hayduke is absolutely right about the newly constructed home in OM owned by the ARC of Howard County. This was a tear down and rebuild. The ARC worked very closely with OM's Covenant Advisor, Debbie Bach and the OM Resident Architectural Committee from the start and wanted to build a home that complimented the architecture and size of the other homes in the neighborhood. The new home is state of the art handicap accessible and green.
Kudos to the ARC!

2nd Chance said...

Not sure if last post went. If so I am sorry. I was wondering how Second Chance was? I hear the owners are great and the food is excellent

Freemarket said...

How about some useful information about this house? How much less energy does it use? How much more did it cost? I'd be curious to see the hard numbers on this house.

Sandy Cederbaum said...

As far as the ARC house I'd suggest contacting the ARC directly. It is not occupied yet, in the final stages of being built.

Jim said...

The home was designed by Don Taylor of D W Taylor and Associates in conjunction with ARC, SLI and Columbia Builders. It is state of the art in energy efficiency. Columbia Builders Inc and its suncontractors and suppliers donated labor and materials to make this project work. A wonderful addition to the community that everyone will learn more about in the near future.

I believe funding or at least a portion of it is coming from Howard County and a government grant

Jim said...

The home was designed by Don Taylor of D W Taylor and Associates in conjunction with ARC, SLI and Columbia Builders. It is state of the art in energy efficiency. Columbia Builders Inc and its suncontractors and suppliers donated labor and materials to make this project work. A wonderful addition to the community that everyone will learn more about in the near future.

I believe funding or at least a portion of it is coming from Howard County and a government grant

Freemarket said...

I would build a green house too, if someone else was paying for it. What I want to know is what is the payback on this house. It cost $X more to build, but you save $Y on utility bills. That is the important question. I keep hearing that the payback period for building green is somewhere around 5 years, so does that figure hold for this house?