Deep Energy Retrofit Renovation

Deep Energy Retrofit Renovation

This home, along the shores of Lake Champlain, is a classic 1970’s kit/ranch house in much need of remodeling and a deep energy retrofit and energy efficiency upgrade. It got both. The owners not only wanted to create a unique, beautiful and creative living space for their active and diverse family of 5, they were also committed to a big picture, long term energy strategy coupling air sealing and insulating with a geothermal heating system and solar photovoltaic electricity generation. So we started with a leaky house covered with brick and aluminum siding on the outside and many broken up, small, dark spaces on the inside and over two years and 3 phases of renovation, transformed this house into a unique expression of this family’s character and vision. It now includes a custom built screened in porch off the main living room, new 2 car garage with 2 studio spaces above and dog kennel outside, a mudroom with full bath and “the dog salon” (their very own sink and grooming area), a completely remodeled first floor and kitchen, a family den and entertainment area in the basement and all new windows and insulation. Along with adding 2 inches of foam panel insulation and air sealing the outside of the house after removing the old siding, we also insulated the entire foundation. All of the old, leaky windows were also replaced and new fiber cement siding installed with a drainage screen behind it to ensure it will last for generations. These were all part of the deep energy retrofit...

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