Undergoing a major renovation and addition, this former Cape style home has been expanded with a new fresh contemporary look and a Deep Energy Retrofit. The traditional half story on second level has been converted to a full second floor by raising the roof. The introduction of a two story living space provides much needed relief from the lower ceiling height of the first floor. The elongated and increased south-facing glazing helps to passively heat the home and bring daylight deep into the living space. Above the garage, a wide-open space accommodates a home photography studio.
The house, built in the early 1950s with small dark rooms, has had few updates since its original construction. The new renovated version of the home includes an open floor plan, increased southern glazing, and a bright kitchen that opens to the main living area with a vaulted ceiling.
This Deep Energy Retrofit includes a super-insulation strategy (R-71 Roof, R-45 Walls, R-26 Foundation, R-17 Slab, and U-0.22 Windows) combined with aggressive air sealing, a high efficiency air source heat pump, heat recovery ventilation, and 8 kW of solar electric. The resulting home yields exceptional energy performance with a HERS index of 12, making it roughly 88% more efficient than a new code-built home, which is net zero energy possible depending upon occupant behavior.