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Architect Upgrades Charlottesville Building Using Recycled Materials

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Mason jars repurposed as light fixtures Mason jars repurposed as light fixtures

Everything old is new again in a Charlottesville apartment building that takes recycling to new heights.  

Architect Betty Driskill's adventure in reclaimed housing began when she became the owner of an apartment building on the corner of Henry Avenue and Rose Hill Drive. Being on a tight budget forced Driskill to search for ways to save money.

"Everything that could be reused, especially that represented a cost savings for me, I reused," said Driskill. "The old windows came out of another building and are refurbished for this location".

Some of the windows are double-paned with tempered glass for extra insulation. The cabinets, bath tubs and floor tile are from other buildings.

Driskill added high-tech heaters underneath all of the tile, which will help lower electric bills in the winter. The rest of the flooring is bamboo.

"Bamboo is a very sustainable resource because it is a grass and grass grows very quickly. Instead of a tree not being able to be harvested every 20 to 150 years, you can reharvest bamboo every 30 days," said Russell Armstrong of Russell's Home Improvement in Greene County.

As an extra feature, there are light fixtures made from empty glass canning jars.

"It was inexpensive to do and I am in love with having enough light and having enough dimmers and the Mason jars are a great kind of working man's reference too," said Driskill.

JD Diven, of Shelter Associates Ltd., along with Chris Curcio, Justin Collins and Edenali Inc. also contributed to the upgrade.

Driskill hopes to be done with the building this summer with enough time for tenants to move in during the fall. 

For more information on the building, contact Driskill via email.

Reported by Maria Hallas

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