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Second Floor and Rear Addition, Renovation:
1950’s Cape Bordering Park

The second floor addition offers three bright bedrooms, a bathroom and small study. The renovated first floor has gained a mudroom and family room across the back. The modest house is a good neighbor, maintaining the scale and rhythm of the early to mid-twentieth century suburban houses that line the street. Sustainable strategies include:

  • Not a teardown
  • Solar hot water heating
  • Whole house fan for cooling
  • Daylight transfer and ventilation through operable interior windows to sky-lit stairwell with whole house fan
  • Natural day lighting through many energy-efficient windows
  • Passive solar space in renovated entry sun porch which transfers, through operable windows, heat gain to adjacent living spaces
  • High performance recycled damp-sprayed cellulose insulation between deep, widely-spaced framing
  • Energy efficient appliances; zoned heating; direct vent high-efficiency furnace; wood burning fireplace converted to cleaner burning gas with heat distribution to upstairs bedrooms.