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A Road Warrior's 800-Square-Foot Condo Renovation (And Check Out His Van)

2/10/2011 10:49:12 AM

Tags: Greg Miller, small home, green condominium, green renovation, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

After years of living in a 1948 Dodge school bus and roaming the country for six years in his van, Greg Miller has settled comfortably into an 816-square-foot condo in Boulder, Colorado—but he finds all that space excessive.

“This is the first normal place I’ve lived in,” Greg says, and sometimes he’s overwhelmed by all that square footage. “All we really need is a place that’s dry and warm—the basics. You can’t be in more than one room at a time. So why have more than one room?”

Greg spent three years transforming his unassuming condo, just blocks from Boulder’s lively farmer’s market and Pearl Street Mall and within walking distance of hiking, transportation and entertainment, basing his plans on what salvaged materials he had found. He improved the home’s storage and flow, beefed up its energy efficiency and brought in more natural light and decorated with furniture from local thrift stores and Dumpsters. “It makes me feel good that I did all the energy things I could do,” Greg says. “If everybody took care of their own stuff as far as how they live, that’s really all it would take for the whole system to be more efficient.”

Greg hasn’t lost his urge to hit the road, despite his beautiful space. Now considering his next adventure, he has also completed renovations on his van—where he experimented with and incorporated tons of great storage and space-saving ideas (many of which showed up in his condo). You can check out his super-efficient home on wheels in this video. (I’d live in it. Would you?)


 miller garden 

The condo’s south-facing deck is home to an abundance of potted plants, which Greg refers to as his “family.” He can harvest kale well into October in the sheltered, sunny spot. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison 

 miller kitchen 

Sustainably harvested cabinets, LED under-counter lights and recycled glass tile give the galley kitchen a fresh, updated air. Greg opened up a wall to bring in light from the hallway. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison 

 miller loft 

In his office, Greg installed a cork floor and built a sleeping/meditation loft using reclaimed cedar, redwood and oak. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison 

miller living room 

Greg’s south-facing living room is bathed in light all day long. He found his furniture in thrift stores and Dumpsters. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison 



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