Spacious Custom Renovation

Spacious Custom Renovation

Custom Renovation We did this custom renovation in Burlington, Vermont, with the focused purpose of connecting the inside of the house with the outdoors. This home has a beautiful backyard, but had no inviting way to get to it and celebrate it from the house. The owners wanted more space, more light and to feel the yard was much more a part of their house. We tore off the old mudroom and added a three season sun porch, wrap around deck and mudroom. Inside, the walls which divided the kitchen, living room and dining room were all removed creating a larger, delightfully open space that flows nicely out onto the new porch and deck through French doors and out into the backyard. Mission accomplished! We created a large mudroom with a cathedral ceiling conveniently accessed from the garage. Inside the garage we also created space for a small workshop. We used cellulose insulation in the walls and ceiling to maximize energy efficiency and air seal the new exterior walls.                                  ...

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Spacious Charlotte Custom Deck

Spacious Charlotte Custom Deck

Custom Deck from Natural Materials This was a fun project. This house has a large backyard and was built with a tiny back deck. So we built a new custom deck that is three times bigger. The deck features handmade built in benches and railings and clear red cedar decking which wraps around the west and south sides of the house, allowing views towards Camels Hump. The pressure treated decking that was salvaged from the old deck was recycled through Recycle-North. We were able to use the framing from the old deck, so very little waste was generated on this job.            ...

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Energy Efficient House

Energy Efficient House

Simple Energy Efficient Design Green Building This energy efficient  1 1/2 bath, 2 bedroom home captures the spirit of Sarah Susanka’s “Not So Big House”. Although less than 1400 sq feet, it feels spacious and cozy inside. It is a simple cape design and features wet spray cellulose insulation in the walls with an R-50 roof. Living space was created right to the peak of the house by adding a sleeping loft and storage space above the second floor.  A small family room was also created in the insulated basement space making living space available on 4 levels of this modestly sized home for this growing family. Lots of local milled wood was used for the flooring and trim inside. Fiber cement siding and wood trim was used on the exterior. The home is all set up to add a covered porch on the east gable end as well. Energy Efficient Heating This home heats primarily with wood (less than 1.5 cords per year) and radiant floor heat (only on the first floor) sourced from a wall vented high efficiency oil furnace that can burn bio-diesel and provides the house with hot water. This home also features solar photovoltaic panels which are net metered. Excess electricity is run back into the grid making this home extremely energy efficient.  ...

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Straw Bale House Addition

Straw Bale House Addition

A Much Needed Addition With a growing family, this small home was in much need of an addition to create more space. Working with Architect Ted Montgomery, a plan was devised to add a room above the existing entryway while creating a large covered porch and expanded outdoor storage area for bicycles, gardening tools and outdoor gear. This added a lot of character to the home and the extra space they needed. We used the same materials that were on the existing house to make it blend in naturally so it looks like it has always been there. This included red cedar siding and trim boards, Fabral corragated metal roofing and matching windows. The porch deck is covered in red cedar and the ceiling tongue and groove pine. Cellulose was used to insulate the addition and all scrap was either recycled or cut into kindling. Total cost was about...

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Energy Star House Sited for Natural Light

Energy Star House Sited for Natural Light

Energy Star, Energy Efficient This couple bought a beautiful 5 acre lot in North Ferrisburg with the vision of creating a simple homestead with extensive gardens and an orchard. First they needed a house and garage. The house site is well suited for southern exposure which affords plentiful natural light inside the house and passive solar heating. It features a master bedroom and 2 studio spaces upstairs along with a generous sized bath with built in tub and separate shower. Downstairs is an entry porch that leads into a mudroom and then into the great room which holds the kitchen, dining area and living room. At the center of it all is a beautiful soap stone woodstove. Towards the back of the first floor is a spacious guest room with a cathedral ceiling. This room and the adjacent bathroom can be closed off with a pocket door creating a private, quiet space for its occupant. The home has a full basement with a bulkhead leading out towards the garage. The garage features a large second floor which can be finished at some point to create a spacious studio for gardening classes. Other features include bamboo and marmoleum floors, red cedar decks and porches, pine soffits and porch ceilings, low VOC paints, and maple cabinets. The home is insulated with cellulose in the walls and ceiling and has a full home air exchange heat recovery system (Venmar). Foundation walls and under slab are insulated with either EPS foam or polyisocyanurate. The home rates as a  5 star Energy Star Home. The cost of this house came out to be about $150 per square foot (not including design and site work).                    ...

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