First ‘Idea House’ in Taylorsville shows renovation possibilities
The city’s first “Idea House” has been completed and is now under contract to be sold. Located on Bitter Root Drive in Taylorsville, the house is the result of a renovation program that provides energy efficient, healthy and sustainable homes.
It stems from a partnership between the City of Taylorsville and Salt Lake County, in conjunction with the Community Development Corporation of Utah (CDCU). The goal of the renovation program is to raise awareness of ways Taylorsville residents can reduce monthly energy expenses, with the additional goal of providing homeownership opportunities to residents while revitalizing aging houses.
Renovations may include roof replacement, energy-efficient windows and doors, appliance upgrades, plumbing repair, and hard floor installation to prevent asthma and allergies. Idea Houses are renovated using HOME and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and then sold to income qualifying Taylorsville residents.
Upon completion, these homes are displayed to the community through an open house, serving as models for renovations that can be implemented by existing homeowners. The Idea House in Taylorsville was listed for sale in the fall.
As part of the national Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, the Idea House program fulfills CDCU’s mission by:
- Providing low- to moderate-income families with safe and healthy home environments
- Increasing surrounding home and business value and reducing crime
- Providing a model for safety and energy efficiency
CDCU is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1990. It has built or rehabilitated more than 400 homes throughout Utah and helped more than 4,000 families in over 125 Utah communities become homeowners.