Progress moves along steadily on this project. Most of the interior walls of the main living spaces have been removed, proving once again that less is more. In this case, fewer walls means more light, more views and more connections between the spaces. To enhance this affect we added new windows on the east and south sides of the house. The result is an interior that is filled with natural light and that allows for the sweeping panoramic views available from this hill-top site. At the same time, we have added new insulation to the building shell and in this case, more is definitely better. The entire roof now has new ventilation under the sheathing (created with a layer of rigid insulation), new blown-in dense pack cellulose insulation and a new layer of rigid insulation on the bottom face of the rafters for a continuous thermal break. Where we have worked on the exterior walls, we have replaced the existing fiberglass batt insulation with new blown-in dense pack cellulose insulation. All told, these changes will make for a much more livable house and will result in a drastic reduction of annual energy usage. Thanks to Jim Bradley of Caleb Contracting for the initial energy assessment, recommendations and follow-thru with the insulation and air sealing work.
Our clients found this vintage 1971 prize perched on top of Nob Hill and were instantly captivated by the killer views, if not the architecture. Its an "upside down" house with the main living spaces on the upper floor to take full advantage of the panoramic westerly views sweeping over the Champlain Valley, Lake Champlain and the distant Adirondacks. Phase one of the renovation work is focused on improving the thermal performance of the shell - replacing the existing insulation in the roof, adding insulation and a moisture barrier in the basement crawlspace and general air sealing. Inside the house, we will be opening up the main living spaces on the second floor, installing a new kitchen, new floors, and new finishes on the sunken seating area in the living room.