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Historic Preservation and Green Remodeling

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Arbor House, An Environmental Inn, located in Madison, Wisconsin has completed a major restoration of the 150 year old historic Plough Inn building including a strong emphasis on green remodeling. The work includes a complete facade restoration and substantial interior remodeling which incorporates beauty, comfort and a variety of green features, including:

  • Quality renovation of bathrooms and guest rooms with minimal disruption to the historic fabric and character defining elements
  • 95 percent efficient hot water, boiler and radiant in-floor heating
  • Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) and recycled woods
  • Ultra-quiet, energy-efficient ventilation for superior indoor air quality
  • Triple-glaze, high efficient low-e windows
  • Tile made from recycled glass
  • Salvaged stained-glass windows
  • Formaldehyde-free insulation
  • Water efficient faucets and fixtures
  • Low toxic caulk, finishes and healthy AFM Safecoat paints
  • Nature's 100% wool carpet
  • Keim highly durable, solvent-free, low-maintenance mineral silicate paints
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Beautifully designed porch entrance constructed with recycled Douglas fir

As part of the bed and breakfast's renovation, the Tap Room guest room was completely remodeled with tasteful upgrades including: a two-person claw-foot tub, stone shower, exposed ceiling timbers, new vanity and fixtures, shimmering recycled glass tiles, radiant in-floor heating, heated towel bar and period style furnishings, lighting and other features. The Parkside guest room also features a larger bath with radiant in-floor heating, new plumbing fixtures, distinctive floor and wall tile, and efficient ventilation for improved air quality.

"The rehabilitation of the historic Plough Inn building and guestrooms integrates sustainable design, green remodeling and the preservation of our historic resources," said John Imes, co-owner of the Arbor House with his wife Cathie. "The result is an even more comfortable, historic and natural place to stay".

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