Michael Anschel is owner and principal of Otogawa-Anschel Design Build,
serves on the board of Minnesota Greenstar, and is CEO of Verified
Green. Energy efficiency, sustainability, owner issues, design Otogawa-Anschel Design Build
Q: I live in northern coastal California, in the heart of the redwoods. We're currently remodeling a simple structure (in a highly visible town-square location) into an elaborately detailed storefront, in keeping with the surrounding 1880s architecture. While all the vintage storefronts (and their framing) are constructed of old-growth redwood, we would like to use modern alternatives — such as engineered products — that would be more environmentally responsible. Since the exterior will be painted, the panels, columns, and crown and detail moldings can be built with any product that will withstand our moist climate. Do you have any recommendations?