energy and resource efficient construction at a price the planet can afford

energy and resource efficient construction at a price the planet can afford

Residential Remodeling

Loken Builders has been involved in hundreds of building projects in the Missoula area. Several of these projects have won regional and national awards for their ecological design, use of recycled building materials, and attention to detail. Please browse samples of our work below, then contact Loken Builders to discuss your own building project.

Bonner Park

Bonner Park ThumbLoken Builders removed the existing driveway, and re-used the broken pieces of the driveway slab,as "Dry-Stack" landscaping retaining wall (Urbanite) and avoided landfilling. A new family room was added, where the old garage had been. The new addition was very well insulated, and the interior mostly redone, including refinishing of the basement, while thermally upgrading the perimeter walls, re-roofing, and adding some newer, better insulated windows, and exterior doors.


Howell Street

Howell ThumbLoken Builders remodeled this drab box home in central Missoula into an attractive Craftsman style bungalow.  Some of the green building materials used in this remodel include the following:

  • Fiber cement siding
  • Sustainable cedar saver shingles
  • Reused beams and timbers on exterior porches
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Energy efficient windows
Phillips Street

Philips Street ThumbThis was the worst looking house in the neighborhood, derelict, but lived in, with a small landfill of waste tires, and junked cars in the rear yard. Loken Builders re-divided  the lot, so that we could put two houses, as urban infill on a poorly utilized existing lot. Restoration of the street scape included establishing the boulevard, planting trees there to reduce the urban heat island effect, and establishing xeric grasses. All storm water is kept on site for both homes.


Sussex Avenue

sussex ThumbLoken Builders fully updated this 1930s bungalow in Missoula University District, featuring the use of many sustainable building approaches, and bringing back the original Craftsman style features of the original home. Including:

  • Recycled “urbanite” retaining walls on front curb
  • Use of concrete “ecopavers” to retain water in back yard patio
  • Low-volatile paint (low VOC) from historically accurate palette used throughout
  • Two fireplaces restored to original brick, new Craftsman-style hearths installed