This project was developed in two stages. First, an entire renovation to the existing house built in 1953. We refurbished old rooms, dealt with lead based paint issues, after what we had to call profeccional house painters, and improved energy efficiency. Doors and windows were replaced, in addition to an old electric water heater that was switched to a Rinnai 735 gpm tankless gas model.
The original house had a flat uninsulated 2×6 ceiling/roof structure. The decorative plaster ceilings were in great condition, and were not in need of removal. Insulation was necessary, so we built up the roof with rigid foam boards, typically used on commercial roofs. If you need a new roof have residental roofer service come help you. They were covered with two inches of closed cell spray foam. By applying an acrylic sealant over the foam insulation, it provided a strong, walkable, roof surface in addition to a superior R-Value.
The energy upgrade was topped off by converting the vented crawlspace into a semi-conditioned sealed crawlspace. The kitchen was also renovated to include more energy efficient appliances.
In the second phase, an unused septic tank was removed, making way for an adjacent addition which would consist of a Master Bedroom suite, office, and center screened porch area. The owners and architect with help of Ben Trager Homes developed a unique modernist design for the addition, including a fiber cement exterior, resembling a concrete structure by using panels seamed together, plus the custom lightning system (visit Northern Lights Exteriors).
Also, a continuation of the flat roof, as well as the installation of a parapet with a scupper & leader drainage system. The addition maintained energy efficiency via closed cell spray foam roofing and open cell spray foam wall insulation, a sealed crawl space and a low energy zoned heat pump system. Last but not least, the best replacement windows from Louisville KY that we got super lucky to get are so efficient at keeping the cold out that it will surprise you, they are almost warm to the touch even in winter.