Sound Proof Playroom!

So... you like the house and the neighborhood, but the family has grown to the point where more room is needed, and there is no option of constructing an addition. What do you do? This was the challenge faced in this renovation project. The answer was to construct two new rooms on the second floor, by adding a new ceiling/floor system in two first floor rooms, both of which had tall two story cathedral ceilings. Photo7

        An engineer specified the structures, making sure that the footing had adequate support present in the crawlspace to handle the additional weight. Another goal was to minimize the sound transfer from the new second floor play room space to the existing family areas below.

1       We used metal RC 1 resilient sound deadening channels to hang ⅝ “ drywall for the ceilings below, and installed heavy duty carpet padding under the new carpet floor areas. The result was added square footage providing a new office area and laundry, and a significantly sound deadened playroom for the kids.


Whole House Renovation, Energy Upgrade, and Addition

       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.

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The original house had a flat uninsulated 2x6 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.


Amazing Transformation Indoor Pool Becomes Entire New Wing!

  This beautiful house, once occupied by a previous governor of North Carolina, recently underwent a major renovation. An entire 3200 square foot wing of the house, including two small bedrooms, a full bathroom, and an indoor pool, were transformed into a large master bedroom suite, office, guest room, and billiards room.  This challenging project required us to demo the indoor pool, and build a sealed crawlspace and floor system that matched up with the floor level of the existing house. The pool room had a high cathedral ceiling which was converted into a loft area that contained a sewing room area. The slide show below demonstrates the process of this successful renovation that resulted in a more modern and valuable home.  

Auto Garage

          In this project, we we’re able to help an avid race car enthusiast build his dream garage sited on a beautiful country parcel. The challenge was to build an energy efficient conditioned garage space on a tight budget. Over 3000 sq. foot, the two story auto shop is complete with storage facility, auto photo show room, multi-purpose area, and kitchen. The space is heated with a  single Fujitsu mini split HVAC unit, which handles about 1200 sq. feet. of the main open garage area.  A zoned heat pump conditions the kitchen, office, showroom, and second floor storage area.



         Built on a concrete slab, the foundation was thickened to facilitate a large capacity auto lift. Monolithic slab footing is a method in which the foundation is poured in a single, integral pour, offering a quick, inexpensive option. Another one is slab jacking.


        For the structure, we had intended on using ThermaSteel Insulated Panels  which can be custom ordered from Cambuild for a seamless installation. We opted for structural exterior panels known as Louisiana-Pacific SmartSide  reverse board & batten engineered siding. Interlocking ship lap panels provide code required sheer strength for the building, as well as an attractive exterior siding look that has a better warranty than popular fiber cement siding systems available.  The roof is metal, and the envelop of the building was sprayed with foam insulation allowing for a large storage area above the garage and office space below.

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Solar Ready!

Photo Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy
As the final pieces  of our "net zero" home come together it becomes more and more apparent that this house is ready for solar panels!!  Looking at the pitch of the roof you can see that solar panels will be a great addition.  The passive solar design of the home will take advantage of the climate to maximize solar exposure and distribution after solar panels are added to the home's roof.