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46th Annual Preservation Awards

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm by admin No Comment

Last night the Morton Theater hosted the 46th Annual Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Preservation Awards. With all the revitalization going on around Athens, the awards committee and co-chairs really had their work cut out for them in deciding which amazing projects received recognition. We were very honored to be among those considered and are very excited to say we received 3 awards! These awards are:

Excellence in Community Revitalization – 1280 West Broad Street

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 8.50.08 AM   Recognizing J.W. York Homes and Doug Lenhardt

Of all things, our modest office building was recognized for contributing towards community revitalization. If you know anything about our location, which is at the corner of West Broad and Rocksprings, you’ll know hardly anyone was jumping at the opportunity to take on such a run down, dilapidated house.  Having been abandoned for decades and used by squatters, bringing life to one of the last single family structures on West Broad was no easy feat. After tedious renovations, we at J.W. York Homes are happy to call this little rock house our home.

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Outstanding Rehabilitation – 395 Barber Street







Recognizing J.W. York Homes


Y’all, this house was gross. And had a terrible reputation. Honestly though, we were very excited about renovating it. We were able to keep the original floors and mantels and even found and reused a very extraordinary piece of millwork. We think it turned out pretty well and are very honored that the Heritage Foundation recognized our work here.

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Outstanding Rehabilitation – 328 Dearing Street







Recognizing David Matheny, J.W. York Homes, and Matt and Ashley Steele

This extremely lovely home was originally built in 1810 on Lyndon Avenue. It was moved to its current location on Dearing Street in the 1860’s, after which the right wing was built. Another rear addition was built at some point during the past century as well. Unfortunately over the years this home known as the Pink Chimneys was neglected over the years. Thankfully we were were able to get our hands on it just as some fabulous clients – Matt and Ashley Steele – feel in love with Pink Chimneys and wanted to bring her to life. Because the before and after of a home like this is what every Design.Build. Team dreams of, we were extremely excited to take this journey with them. We were able to refinish almost all of the original heart pine floors and two claw foot tubs. There are 6 fireplaces kept – all of which we kept original mantels, 4 of which we have refurbished, 2 of which we have installed replica coal burning direct vent gas inserts, and 2 of which we have installed new tile. Oneta Woodworks supplied heart pine rescued from the old Jittery Joes roaster on East Broad Street for a beam wrap, island countertop, and shelves in the kitchen and keeping rooms. After many months of hard work, we are nearly finished with this renovation and are so excited the Steele’s will be able to move in to this now gorgeous and recognized piece of history.


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We would be remise if we didn’t also mention the other incredible projects that received recognition last night. You can find a complete list in this article from Online Athens written by Jim Thompson. Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation presents preservation awards.

Congratulations to you all!


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Encapsulating the attic in a home with open cell foam and removing the normal attic ventilation allows for a semi conditioned attic that replicates the temperature of the conditioned area of the home. The benefit is a more comfortable home, reduced load on the air conditioning, and energy savings.
Energy Star qualified metal roofing has reflective qualities that significantly reduce heat gain on the home resulting in lower energy bills and a more comfortable home.
We use Energy Star ceiling fans and CFL light bulbs in our fixtures and offer LED recessed can lights which significantly reduce energy demand on a home and putt off less heat than standard incandescent light bulbs.
Energy Star qualified wood or vinyl windows come standard in all of our homes. With LoE2 coating on the glass and Argon gas in between panes, these efficient units allow the home to have an abundance of natural light while maximizing comfort and performance.
Our use of high efficiency air filtration systems rated at MERV 8 or 10 capture more airborne pollutants and particles than a standard 1" filter thus significantly improving the indoor air quality of your home. These 5" think filters also need to be changes less frequently and contribute to the longevity of your HVAC system.
High Efficiency 15 Seer or better electric heat pump systems come standard in our homes and are paired with programmable thermostats. Our systems and duct work are properly sized using a Manual J calculation for each individual home. The system is then third party inspected by a duct blaster test to make sure the system is tight and has minimal leakage. The combination of these efforts will ensure a comfortable, efficient, and long lasting system for our homes.
We use open cell spray foam insulation to encapsulate all of our attics and R-19 exterior wall insulation which both exceed code requirements for insulation. These items will help ensure a comfortable and efficient home.
The use of a tank-less gas water heater or a heat pump water heater can greatly reduce the cost of heating water.
Energy Star rated appliances in our homes save an average of 30% in energy cost over standard models.
Advanced framing techniques are used to put more insulation and less wood in the exterior walls of the home while maintaining structural integrity. These techniques include California corners, 2x6 exterior walls @ 24" on center, and ladder framing of exterior T-walls.
Caulking all plates, stud-to-stud gaps, foaming around windows and exterior penetrations, and properly installing house wrap lends a tight seal to all of our homes. Our homes are third party inspected upon completion with a blower door test to check for gaps and leaks.
Basements and crawlspaces are areas of the home that must be properly insulated, dehumidified, and kept free of moisture to ensure a healthy home. We properly waterproof these areas, install footing and foundation drains, and grade around the home to ensure no water will end up in or under your home. We insulate the exterior walls of both basements and crawlspaces and then introduce an HVAC air handler or heat pump water heater inside those areas to semi- condition those spaces and keep humidity under control.
Most builders are advertising and using fiber cement siding. The problem is they are using wood for their fascia, soffit, corner boards, and other trim pieces because it saves them a few hundred dollars per home. When you go back and look at their homes 3 or 4 years later; the siding looks great but the trim boards all need to be painted again. If they are not painted they start to decay and weather very poorly. At J.W. York Homes we "full wrap" our homes in fiber cement siding and trim boards. This ensures the trim and siding on your home will stay on the same maintenance cycle and will prevent costly repairs in the future.
At J.W. York Homes we are mindful of our impact on the environment. Even though we use long lasting products, advanced framing, and proper planning to reduce the amount of job site waste; a new construction home still produces a good amount of waste. We have partnered with a local waste management and recycling company that hauls off 100% of our jobsite waste. They take the waste to a facility that sorts the waste and recycles as much of it as possible. We are currently able to recycle non pressure treated lumber, block, brick, stone, asphalt shingles, metal, cardboard, plastic, drywall, and much more. These products are then reused for such purposes as soil additives, erosion control methods, or resold to help offset the cost of recycling.