Small house. 480 sf

We worked with the clients and developed many variations on this project. The footprint is 20x24 so it was essential that we make  sure that everything was accounted for in the design, as a building this size doesn't leave room for error.

We also worked through numerous options in terms of construction methods/energy modeling from passive to pretty good. Our ability to provide cost/benefit analysis in house due to our PHIUS skillset helped the customer make decisions in this area.

This house was built for a couple who moved up to Vermont to retire. They are very interested in minimizing their footprint on the land. 

 

Also on this project we used the Intello air and vapor barrier system to achieve a high level of air tightness and manage water vapour in the wall assembly.

 

Kitchen Renovation/Dining Addition/Dormer Repair

The scope of this project was to renovate the kitchen, add a 14x14 dining addition which also will house an upright piano and extend/modify the dormer to eliminate a snow buildup problem.

When we got into what should have been a simple 4' extension of the dormer we found that the dormer had been poorly framed-undersized lumber and failure to carry roof loads to the ground had resulted over 30 years into a near failure of the roof. We observed a 3" sag in the rafters at the worst point!

The finished product gives the owner a  stable and sturdy dormer, reduced maintenance, a beautiful new kitchen and a dining room space.

Middlesex addition...

Above is a drawing for an addition that we did  in Middlesex. It is a 2 car garage/mudroom/bath addition. The site ended up having a lot of ledge and to accommodate the drainage we have a stepped foundation that follows the site grade. The bathroom has warmboard hydronic radiant floor heat, tile floor and wainscot and a curbless shower with heated floor and bench. Roman tub with wall mount faucets.

There is a wedge shaped connector between the mudroom and garage to allow the garage to sit at a good angle for pulling in and to give the building footprint a more dynamic shape. This was a design that greatly benefitted from 3D design as we went through a number of ideas before settling on this one and being able to see the project in 3 dimensions helped the design team and client decide what worked best visually and functionally. This project also benefited  from design savvy owners as they were highly involved in creating a number of aesthetic decisions.

Montpelier renovation...

This project is an interesting one. I would describe it as a collaboration between us (the builders), the designer, the homeowner, two painters and a heating systems company. The job has many aspects to it. After a structural assessment we addressed a few support issues in the basement with new footers and posts. We replaced a number of large double hung windows in terrible shape with new Marvin full replacements. We duplicated the historic trim inside and out and one painter did a fantastic job matching the trim to the old mahogany. We have performed numerous floor patches to match the old floor as the old radiators have been replaced. The new heating system is a Pellergy boiler with Runtal low temp panels that operate at 140 degrees. The heating project has been mostly the brainchild of the homeowner and heating company and will also include solar panels. We have altered closets and walls. The project also includes a full kitchen remodel.

The Blue Ranch House...

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living room

This 1970's ranch is located up high with an amazing view across to some wooded mountains. The main focus of this project was to replace the current windows with much longer ones. The new 63" high casement windows extend down to about 14" above the floor, providing a nice sweeping view. The windows on the south side of the house have a coating that allows much more solar gain than a traditional low-E coating to help lower heating costs. The master bedroom and living room each have a triple set of 37"x63" windows. Additionally we will be added a partition wall and moved a few others to create a new bedroom and a mudroom. We added transom windows on either side of the hallway in the office and mudroom to help open up the space. We also built several built-in bookcases with the same modern no trim style as the windows.

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hall
mudroom
mudroom
bookcase
bookcase
 bedroom

bedroom

dining room
dining room
piano room
piano room
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Before and After (after on left)

Mother in-law house renovation...

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This 600 ft2 house was originally built as a camp and then added onto. Major demo work, moving and removing walls, removing carpet, repairing subfloor. Old chimney was torn out. New plumbing. Upgraded insulation in walls and air sealing on many walls. Added a bath fan for ventilation/moisture. Blocking up doors and windows. Laid a solid wood floor and tile for the bath floor and shower surround. Installed a stacked washer/dryer behind a bi-fold door in the bathroom. It was all topped off with a marble counter and stainless/black appliances. The customer noted that the solid surface stove has made an excellent small house extra counter space for cooking projects.

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Kowalski porch...

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This project was begun in the summer of 2008. We chose to keep the old roof  intact. The old porch was falling down due to heaving piers, wasp infestation and general deterioration. We salvaged the old pressure treated lumber and some of the other lumber and cedar siding for use elsewhere on the property. The ceiling is insulated with the idea that one day the porch may be fully enclosed.  Originally we were going to do the timber frame with reclaimed spruce but that option fell through in November. The frame is now eastern tamarack which was milled about 30 miles from the site. The frame has been treated with UV blocking oil and and oil/wax finish. The tile is 18" slate. The railings are fir reclaimed from a old granite shed and re-sawn by the neighbor across the road. All that is left now is to put up the screen door and screens.

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porch design
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