Deep Energy Retrofit Renovation

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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.

Deep Energy Retrofit, Renovation, remodeling, custom design

The house before we started.

Deep Energy Retrofit, Renovation, remodeling, custom design and energy efficiency

This photo was taken from where the old garage used to be in the above photo. We added a large mudroom with a bath and dog care area with stairs leading to the two upstairs studio spaces above the new two car garage.

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 process.

Deep Energy Retrofit, Renovation, remodeling, custom design and energy efficiency

Along with adding insulation to the exterior walls of the house, we also insulated the foundation and added better drainage along the footings.

Custom design, durability, energy efficiency, fine craftsmanship

This shows the back of the new mudroom and garage which were built during Phase 1 of the project. Note the dog kennel area outside the garage. The house was renovated during Phases 2 and 3.

Deep Energy Retrofit, Renovation, remodeling, custom design

The new garage with two large studio spaces above and the new mudroom and main entry.

Custom design, durability, energy efficiency, fine craftsmanship

Custom built Red Cedar and Douglas Fir Entry roof. The siding is painted fiber cement panels.

Custom design, durability, energy efficiency, fine craftsmanship

This is the Kitchen before the renovation. You cannot even see the window above the kitchen sink. it is hidden behind a bank of cabinets and completely separates the kitchen from the dining area.

Custom kitchen, custom design, fine craftsmanship

This is the same kitchen taken from the same spot as the photo above.

Custom design, durability, energy efficiency, fine craftsmanship

This cozy screened in porch extends out from the living room through double full glass french doors. It can be closed up by sliding the vinyl windows up creating a 3 season living space. The view of Lake Champlain is to the right.

Custom design, durability, energy efficiency, fine craftsmanship

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