Renovate for Family Gatherings!

The aim in this renovation was to create an energy efficient home where family gatherings could occur. The existing garage was transformed to a living space. A two story addition made room for a new garage and exercise room, as well as a bedroom and bath, with a sun-room. A local architect, and engineers, were able to work with Synergy to develop the plans for the project. The challenge was draining, which needed drastic improvement and first we wanted to figure out how to install a mini split system on your own. A a new french drainage system was installed on the house perimeter, along with waterproofing to protect the crawlspace and living areas. The roof was patched, and surrounding soils were re-contoured to protect the house while new roof structures were built. Getting the roof fixed was quite hard but we found help from The Roof Clinic and fixed our roof. Two catch basins were formed across the front of the house to direct drainage away from the structure. A larger opening was cut for a PVC crawlspace access enabling the installation of a new HVAC system in the crawlspace (more details at Interior framing was corrected, and ceilings would be raised to 10 feet on the first floor, with 9 foot ceilings on the upper level. Threatening trees were removed from the immediate area of the new house. The exterior was completely renovated. Old cultured stone was removed, and a new look was added to the front entry, along with roof areas.  

The foundation has begun!

In addition to the work on the geothermal heat pump we have been getting started  on the foundation of our net-zero project in Durham.  The foundation for this project has included a combination of 10" poured concrete walls (where significant retainage is needed)  and standard concrete block where the grade is less severe. The penetrations in the poured concrete wall show the large opening where our mechanicals,  (electric, plumbing, radiant piping, and pvc hvac supply ducts) will all be installed under the slab.

Town of Chapel Hill Affordable Homes get a facelift

Affordable housing has been a goal for the Town of Chapel Hill for more than two decades.  Seven homes built in the Culbreth Park Community made up one of their first projects.  Synergy Building Company was proud to combine their efforts with the Town of Chapel Hill, and the Community Home Trust to provide these  seven homes with some much needed attention.   Repairs were made to the existing decks,  all the old Masonite siding and soffit were replaced with new more durable cementitious materials,  and a fresh coat of paint was added to enhance both long term maintenance and cosmetics.  In addition, the weatherization aspects (replacing windows & doors,  improving crawl space moisture issues) plus  replacing the water heaters and HVAC units will help to keep these homes affordable for years to come.

Doing  these renovations on seven homes at the same time,  helped Synergy keep the costs down for the program.  Carefully thinking through scheduling issues in advance,  and relying on skilled and dedicated employees and subcontractors helped to make this a successful project for all involved,  especially the seven happy homeowners!

Culbreth Park home

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