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Local general Contractor, Wade Clement, hired Cozy Home to design and rebuild the building envelope of a 100-year-old cottage. Compared to new construction, retrofits require a great deal of thought and detail. This building had post and beam framing along with interior stud wall framing.
The work-scope included comprehensive remediation of thermal boundary in front and rear attic spaces and extensive targeted air sealing and enclosure of open chase-ways. The project is complex due to the historic framing details, as well as delicate due the fresco painted vaulted ceiling below the grand staircase.
Smith purchased the building in 1889 and operated it as a boarding house. Today it is used as an administration building for Student Affairs. This project is one of many that has been designed to support the "Strategic Climate Action Management Plan" (SCAMP), which has the goal of making Smith College carbon neutral by 2030.
This may have been one of my personal favorite projects of the year. The Pick job evolved from a 'take Mass Save to the next level' to a comprehensive whole house building retrofit.
What a lesson this project was. More so about human dynamics, but the retrofit was varied and challenging. The main house is a historic 17th century post and beam structure. The carriage house is a converted barn. Both houses suffered from ice damming and comfort issues. Ductwork in the attic was encapsulated with [...]
We patiently wait for the first heavy snow fall of 2011, to hear from these clients with confirmation that roof melt patterns and roof eave ice build up, has changed for the better.
As the first phase of a comprehensive retrofit, the attic was insulated with R-60. A custom super insulated storage platform was constructed as well as a custom airtight hatch . This project was done as part of a WMECO Mass Save pilot program so parts of it qualified for Mass Save rebates and the Heat Loan (0% financing)
A lucky young family gets the Cozy Home treatment through the Weatherization Assistance Program. spray foam seals a connection no more leaky soffits for chute vents to work properly, they need to be carefully installed custom hatch, airtight a sea of beauty
An insulated roof deck for a Northampton architect. If a house is in need of a new roof, and there is no attic to achieve optimal insulation levels, often adding rigid insulation to the roof deck is the way to go.
The Whitman attic project took a while to come to fruition. The owner, a student of home performance, took his time planning the historic farmhouse renovation. The attic retrofit was done with a mixed assembly of closed cell spray foam, rigid foam board, and dense packed cellulose. The attic flat was cleaned out, the lathe [...]