“By 2035 2 million more people will live in the bay Area” That is a prediction that warrants some thought, made by the GreenBelt Alliance, the preeminent advocate for open spaces in the bay area. The SF Chron had a good piece on them Thursday, one worth a quick read for those of us who build and remodel houses. They recently put out a brochure/roadmap to sustainable urban growth…the main thrust being that “The Bay Area can accommodate all its projected growth in existing cities and towns” That is a bold statement, but one I agree with. From a remodelers perspective, I know how much underutilized space there is in existing housing stocks…if those efficiencies were captured through sustainable rebuilding practices it would make a significant impact on future housing needs. GBA’s prescription focuses more on vacant lots and such, but I would add that existing structures have much to contribute as well if voids & dead zones like extra long garages could be reconfigured into usable spaces.
Along those lines I toured a very pretty green remodel in Noe Valley the other day, 3961 25th Street. A very smartly done home I first saw over on socketsite, the project oozed good taste, individuality, and flair. 2.8 large is a pretty hefty price point, so I am interested to see how things shake out as it is in contract atm. It is a good example of how existing housing stock can be reconfigured for more modern, sustainable living.