Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Te exterior of the house features limestone-capped masonry columns and half-walls emulating the design of the existing front porch. Tis design is extended to new masonry planter boxes that tempered the visual height and mass of the home's new southern face. Although sustainability wasn't at the front of the clients' minds, they did express an interest in being as sustain- able as possible within their budget. Spray polyurethane foam insulation and air sealing tightened the envelope, and a mechanical and distribution system, including a new furnace and water heater, was installed. Some new energy-efcient windows, paired with the other energy improvements, helped reduce the energy consumption by half. Te homeowner tracked the gas usage and found in the winter of 2010 and 2011, she averaged 32.2 Mcf. For the same period in 2013, the house averaged only 16.2 Mcf. Other sustainable elements include reclaimed brick from Detroit, rapidly renewable cork fooring in the kitch- en and locally harvested wood for the cabinets and trim. Te kitchen's corner sit-to counter was fashioned from 3-in. yellow pine slabs the homeowner's late carpenter father had salvaged decades before. | Te new den easily accesses the kitchen and rear yard via the rear porch. Te stairway was relocated to the kitchen's former location, allowing for more direct, safer access to the lower level. Its new location also aforded the staircase the space to become a key design feature of the house. Taking design cues from the existing second-foor stairway, elements such as banister, newels, treads and risers are repeated. An Arts and Crafts styled wainscot envelopes the passageway to the lower level. SEE MORE PHOTOS of this project on ForResidentialPros.com/ 11777755 After Before Photos: Beth Singer Photographer ForResidentialPros.com QR December 2014 25

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