Redesigned Properties


39th Ave, San Francisco

This home is located in the Sunset District of San Francisco and was my first single-family home remodel. I redesigned it using sustainable building techniques and building materials.  I wanted to address 3 fundamental building components: how the house and its family would use water, how the house and its family would use power, and how different building materials would affect the environment both at the time of installation and on into the future.  I hoped to redesign the home so it had a lighter environmental footprint, produced less carbon and was a smaller burden on the community, and I will be blogging on how that worked from time to time as my family and I are now living there.

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Property Brochure.

  • LED and Energy Star Rated, dimmable fluorescent lighting
  • Recycled material counter tops
  • FSC (Forest Stewardship Council
  • Certified custom bamboo cabinets
  • FSC Certified Structural Wood framing (2x4s, 2x6s)
  • FSC Certified Decking
  • FSC Certified Base boards, Trim & Doors
  • Fly Ash Concrete
  • Low VOC paint

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1 Thom Harrison 02.21.09 at 2:23 pm

Great site Helmut. I have not seen the bamboo kitchen cabinets we crafted for 2139 39th Ave. since the countertops were installed and all the finishing touches completed. Your photos are fabulous. I look forward to the Home Tour and Blog Launch Party. It was a pleasure for all us at AlterECO to work with you and your excellent team, and we look forward the next Sustainable Schmidt project!
Thom Harrison
AlterECO, inc.

2 schmidt 02.21.09 at 8:59 pm

Your cabinets are a signature piece of the project. I hope people will come and appreciate not only their beauty, but also the important story behind them: that they were made by a group of environmentally conscious craftsmen who take responsibility for how their industry affects the world at large.

3 AlterECO 02.23.09 at 4:54 pm

Thank you Helmut. The AlterECO team really does care! Thanks so much for your acknowledgement. Nice to see you yesterday. Kudos for a great party & tour. You and Andre did a fabulous job with the house, and I am thrilled to see how well the cabinets work in the space. And the Vetrazzo caps them off beautifully. Some lucky home-buyer is going to get great value and delight with the package you are offering.

4 Rose 03.30.09 at 4:40 pm

Your project is impressive. For years, I’ve been dreaming of transforming my 1954 house into a sustainable and retirement-in-place and universally designed house, but just don’t know how to go about it. I read about people who are scammed by their contractors, and it discourages me. I very much like to get this house done before it is too late for me to enjoy it. I am a 67 year old retired school school teacher and grandma. I live alone. Can you help me find a way to get started?

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