#1920sMakeoverATL Learning + Showcase House [Building Science + Luxury Design]

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About This Showcase House


For over 40 years, SawHorse has been known as “The Sign of Renovation in Your Neighborhood.” We introduced game-changing concepts in Atlanta, such as “Design + Build” and “Earthcraft House Renovation.” Now we demonstrate how ALL-Electric homes can be better for indoor air quality, human comfort and health, and low energy costs.


We collaborated with our strategic design partners, LG Squared, known for “high performance” home designs.  We invited our top manufacturing partners and local certifiers to create this showcase house with the hashtag #1920sMakeverATL.  Rate It Green, the top green building rating directory, hosts the virtual tour, creates content for its members, and promotes our scheduled events.  We will build this house to Earthcraft House and Passive House standards.  Our partners will work with us to demonstrate how to make this home more energy-efficient, have clean indoor air, and go all-electric, making this house solar-ready.


  • Energy Efficiency–  This house will have more insulation than any other house in the zip code.  This will ensure minimal loss since the whole house will be wrapped on all sides with ROCKWOOL insulation.
  • Luxury Design– High-Performance construction pairs well with luxury design.  We are partnering with the top brands such as Cosentino, Helvex, Georgia Blinds, and Interiors,
  • Comfort– Energy efficiency does not mean comfort is compromised.  This house will have controls that maintain proper temperature and humidity for maximum comfort year-round.  Ductless mini-splits by Mitsubishi plus whole-house dehumidifiers by Aprilaire will keep the latent and sensible loads at their designed set points.
  • Indoor Air Quality– Recent world events have brought terms like “filtration” and “ventilation” to our vocabulary.  We will make sure the air in the house is properly filtered with Aprilaire filters as it circulates through the house and as it enters our “fresh air” intake.  Energy recovery ventilation by Panasonic will remove the bad air while bringing in fresh air so the new owners can breathe easily year-round.
  • Durable Design and Construction– This house was originally built 100 years ago and is in disrepair.  The materials and techniques that we are using will allow this house to last 200+ years.  The key is moisture management around the foundation, in the walls, and on the roof.  Moisture destroys buildings, and a well-designed system will allow a wood structure to last centuries.

Showcase House as an Evergreen Learning House

To show how this house works, we partnered with Mythos Media to create a 360-degree self-guided virtual tour of the house.  This means that you can follow along step by step with us through 3 major phases of construction.

The current tour shows what the existing house looks like.  We have created lots of content regarding what we have found behind the walls and some of the design solutions we have to fix the current problems in the house.  As we progress with construction, we will create 2 more phases for the tour, including pre-drywall and the final reveal.  You will be able to click on a button to phase through time to see how we fixed the existing issues on the house to ultimately create a high-performance masterpiece.

Most of the materials and designs are cutting edge, so that this tour will be live for 10+ years.  We will embed new content and updates once we get more feedback from the owners as they live in and enjoy the house.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see all of the content already created for this house to teach others about resilient design and construction.

#1920sMakeoverATL Project Partners

Thanks to the following project partners for helping us create this high-performance house to both Passive House and EarthCraft House standards.


ROCKWOOL is the thermal protection partner for this house. We will be implementing the "Perfect Wall" on all sides of the house using this stone wool insulation. .


Aprilaire is the filtration, ventilation, and humidity control partner for this house. Their whole house solution will enable our clients to breathe clean air.

Clean Vapor

Clean Vapor is the Radon and ground vapor control partner for this house. Controlling vapor from entering the house and keeping Radon out of the breathable air is critical.

Georgia Blinds & Interiors

Solar screens and blinds provided by Georgia Blinds & Interiors will help reduce the solar gain on the house. This will improve energy efficiency and privacy for this home.

Helvex USA

HELVEX is one of the leading manufacturers in the Americas with 70 years of experience in developing high-efficiency bathroom fixtures and fittings for both the Residential & Commercial Markets.


Cosentino is the parent company for brands such as Silestone and Dekton. We will be featuring these products in the kitchen, bathrooms, and outdoor living spaces.

Constructive Renovations

Construction Renovations is an REO company that handles the REO process from procurement to financing. They partner with GC's across the US to make homes better.

Rasmus Real Estate

Rasmus Real Estate is the Real Estate partner for this house. They specialize in helping buyers, sellers, and investors in finding real estate that has upside potential.

LG Squared

Jodi & Chris Laumer-Giddens are the lead architects and build science experts on this project. In addition to space planning, they will help with interiors & mechanical design.

Pure 365

Clean Indoor Air and Clean Water are essential to maintaining your health. Pure 356 is our partner to help determine which pollutants are present and remove them.

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric is the world's leader in mini-split systems. These systems are ALL-ELECTRIC and are more than 2X as efficient as a standard code minimum heat pump.


Rheia's compact air distribution system is significantly faster to install versus conventional systems. Code compliant and located entirely within the home's conditioned space.

Media Partners

We want to thank all of the media partners for helping create and promote the #1920sMakeoverATL

Rate It Green

Rate It Green is hosting profiles for each of the project partners. They also promote the virtual tour, videos, articles, and other discussions created about this home.

Mythos Media

Without Mythos Media and its 360 cameras, we would not be able to share the different phases of construction with you. Their platform allows us to share dynamic content.

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The Rheem Proterra Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater is an excellent fit for our ALL Electric house. This is the most efficient electric water heater on the market.

Elite Water Systems

Elite Water Systems provides custom solutions for filtered air and water for premiums homes all over the US.

Your Brand Here

We are still in the design phase and have not finalized all of the selections for this project. See the list below to see if there is still room for your products in this house.

Education Partners


We are excited to have ON3 as a project partner. We will be creating a module for their platform based on some of the building techniques we are using on this house. If you are interested in using their platform for your company to train your team let them know "SawHorse" sent you to get a special deal.

Southface Institute

For more than 40 years, Southface Institute, a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization, has been a leader in the research, design and implementation of a regenerative economy, one that gives back more than it uses. Southface works in collaboration with a network of partner nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, universities and technical experts to implement sustainable, high-performance and scalable solutions in homes, workplaces and communities.

Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

Founded in 1945, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) is a not-for-profit professional trade association dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the home building industry as a viable economic force in the Atlanta area with a membership of more than 1,000 residential builders and housing industry professionals.

There is still room to join the team!

Structure and Building Envelope:

  • Windows

  • Exterior Doors

  • Sheathing

  • Framing

  • Weather Resistant Barriers


  • Hardwood Flooring

  • Interior and Exterior Paint

  • Bathtubs

  • Gypsum

  • Door Hardware

  • Cabinet Hardware

Mechanical Systems:

  • Water distribution

  • Kitchen Ventilation

  • Recessed Lighting

  • Decorative Lighting

  • Kitchen Appliances


  • Roofing

  • Siding

  • Decking

  • Railing

  • Paint

  • Stone Masonry

  • Brick Masonry

  • Landscaping

In the PRESS

We just launched and already have lots of content created by our media partners and other content creators.


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Preconstruction- Design and Testing:

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Featured Testimonial

Sawhorse built our house. We wanted to have an energy-efficient house from the very beginning. They were the most knowledgeable in providing us with energy efficiency. Our monthly utility costs were cut by over half from the last house we had. The quality of the work done is excellent. They have followed up with us even after our house was completed correcting any problems that normally occur with any new house. We highly recommend Sawhorse.

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