This Old House – Rethink, Reuse, Remodel




Peak Moment 195: Turn a century-old Seattle house into an efficient, energy-producing home using repurposed materials. Owner-builder Jim Bristow’s creativity extends to reclaiming dead spaces, jacketing his house with exterior insulation, and modernizing the kitchen with sleek previously used cabinetry and low-power LED lights. But he’s not stopping there. Along with maintaining a prolific front yard vegie garden, this green-minded guy is working with neighbors and the city to construct a storm water drainage and traffic circle at the nearby street intersection. Thanks for supporting Peak Moment TV. Contribute at

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12 Comments

  1. Jaki Thurman
    May 19, 2011
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    I turned this off at 5:46 minutes. How can someone talk about consuming less when they have more than one house? Sorry, you guys I'm out. Jaki

  2. RedSpiralHand
    May 19, 2011
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    @jakithurman
    Gotcha!

  3. RedSpiralHand
    May 19, 2011
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    $1K here, $5K there…yup… Well, this is not anything the normal grunts can relate to….

  4. mrbr549
    May 19, 2011
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    Lots of good ideas expressed here, but unless you are rich or an owner-builder yourself, more then the average person can invest. Remodel to last 200 years? I'm afraid the payback on all the things planned or used in this home will take about the same length of time. However, it WOULD be easy to pick a few things from the list that the average person could afford to do Thanks for posting.

  5. SonofNewo
    May 19, 2011
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    Janaia,

    Long time subscriber here. I just want you to know how valuable this resource is. It gives me great ideas and never fails to inspire me.

    Thanks.

  6. Jaki Thurman
    May 20, 2011
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    @gaiagale He mentions an off grid vacation home also in Washington in the first 5 mins. Must be loaded and need the tax break.

  7. vention
    May 21, 2011
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    It's amazing what you can do when you have the skills to do it. I have some skills but this guy leaves me in the dust! He's given me a lot of great ideas though. Now that I've got the condo paid off I'm saving like crazy to buy a house (and move into it mortgage free). Love the idea of the exterior siding insulation. Love the in ground heat storage idea!

  8. nerdmom920
    May 21, 2011
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    We don't really know the details of his circumstances. Perhaps he plans to sell the off the grid house and is waiting for the market to improve. I mean, the dude's a builder, so the second home is likely a business expense. It's not as if he's a bond trader and has a ski-lodge in Aspen. He uses felled trees from the property to finish this home. He likely has several properties that he works on and with.

  9. James Bristow
    May 31, 2011
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    Testing

  10. The RE Store
    June 2, 2011
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    Beautiful work, Jim.
    Peak Moment, you guys continue to report on inspiring projects. Cheers to positive media!

  11. tony larson
    December 3, 2011
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    kudos to an obviously hardworking, humble and conscientious individual. best of luck with the continued work!

  12. James Bristow
    December 14, 2011
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    @tripledouble74 Thanks! I plan to post an update video before too long….

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