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Team Spirit: A Thorough House Renovation Gets Green with a Little Help from a Lot of Friends

Jay DeChesere, AIA, LEED AP
June 2010

By David Sokol

Heirloom Minka
Photo courtesy Jay DeChesere
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It was a case of bad timing. In 2008 Jean and John DeChesere, the elderly parents of Jay DeChesere, AIA, LEED AP, had reached a point in life where they would be better served by an independent living facility. But mired in a downward-spiraling economy, their Wilmington, North Carolina, home lingered on the market. Dad felt particularly anxious about paying the bills, so Jay and his wife Heather agreed to remove the financial burden and purchase the property.

The economy also forced the next move. Freshening up the early-1980s, 1,250-square-foot house cosmetically and then flipping it, DeChesere figured, required $60,000. That would have priced the residence well above comparable homes; even if a buyer were interested in acquiring the property, that person would need enough cash to make up for the mortgage shortfall.

The younger DeCheseres decided to make 3404 Talon Court their own…


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