To earn the Energy Star, a home must meet strict guidelines set out by the U.S. EPA. In meeting these guidelines, a home will become 20-30% more efficient than standard homes built to code. A series of energy efficient improvements that could be included, but not limited to, in the home design are:
Effective Insulation Systems – Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.
High Performance Windows – Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
Tight Construction and Ducts – Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, … Read More »
The homeowner is a single professional who wanted to completely renovate her home to reflect her style and way of life. She wanted to add space and perform updates that would enhance the comfort and functionality for herself and her family who visit often.
The existing dining room was sacrificed to add more space for the kitchen and bar area. The island design fully utilizes the space by including seating, sink area, dishwasher, microwave and one of the two ovens. The use of tile on the floor makes this well trafficked area easier to maintain. Features such as the hand blown glass pendant lights, gray quartz countertops, coffee colored glaze on the cabinets and backsplash pattern with accent tiles give this space a unique, warm and sophisticated feel.
This whole house remodel included the addition of a master bedroom suite … Read More »
As the six children in this family got older, they out grew their one story, two bedroom, one bath ranch in Cape Cod. They wanted a comfortable home but they had a strict budget.
As the six children in this family got older, they out grew their one story, two bedroom, one bath ranch in Cape Cod. They wanted a comfortable home but they had a strict budget to which they had to keep. One major way to save money was to use the existing foundation; however, this restriction created a design challenge. The new home is two stories and is open and efficient. The first floor now flows freely with a centralized kitchen and a family room and powder bath on one side and a dining room and screened porch on the other. The new second floor … Read More »