It is always a thrill for us to renovate or remodel a home or living space. Our experience working on a broad spectrum of many different types of homes – whether they are ‘antique’, traditional or contemporary, has contributed to our sense of what’s possible in terms of integrating energy efficient construction with design to produce completely transformed homes.
Please take a look at some of our favorite projects to see dramatic transformations…
Extreme Makeover: Charming Beach House
Built in 1900, this house is a 1350 sq. ft. Bungalow/Cape style home located just off the town green and less than one mile to local beaches. While the foundation and framing of the home were structurally sound, the floorplan and interior finishes were EXTREMELY outdated and generally nonfunctioning; especially the 2nd floor which was essentially unlivable with no heat, one electrical outlet and very low, 7’2”, ceiling heights. Additionally, the exterior of the home was outdated and run-down.
SCOPE OF THE PROJECT:
The goal of this renovation was to completely update the home (inside the walls & out) and create a modern, bright, comfortable, and energy efficient beach cottage style home.
The results speak for themselves! This home was completely transformed as a “gut remodel” which included significant framing changes in order to create an open floor plan on the main floor, the incorporation of seasonal porch space into the living areas, and the incorporation of high efficiency insulation throughout the whole structure. Additionally, ceilings on the 2nd floor, were vaulted which create a welcome feeling of spaciousness and elegance, while the electric service and heating/cooling aspects were not only brought up to code, but updated with energy efficiency in mind.
From a design standpoint, interior finishes throughout the home include extensive bead board on the walls & ceilings, and custom moldings to lend a cottage feel. Original hardwood floors, beautifully refinished, also add a final touch of character to this home.
Not only is this “old” home now beautiful and comfortable, but it also boasts an energy efficiency HERS rating of 68 – meaning it cost much less to heat/cool and operate vs. a new home built to today’s building code minimums.
RESULTS: 2011 HOBI Award. Best Residential Remodel under $100,000