Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2019

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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Synapse also installed a new French casement window for improved ventilation and a motor- ized awning over the deck to help keep the area cool. The company wrapped the home with a new air barrier (VaproShield WrapShield) and used VaproShield penetration flashing for the windows as well as the doors. "Achieving a complete air bar- rier in this type of remodel is impossible, but our efforts will improve the home's energy performance and efficiency [for the future]," Keever says. The client gave Synapse a five-star Google review, and Keever has even went to lunch with him a couple of times since the project finished. "It was just somebody who had a problem and found us. He had a fairly complex issue to deal with, and we were the right people to help him do that." Rain or Shine The master bedroom includes a south-facing deck that became uncomfortably hot in the summer be- cause the space had no shade. And with the cen- tral HVAC system located all the way down in the basement, the distance between these areas made heating and cooling in the bedroom particularly anemic. Synapse needed to reduce the heat gain within that space, especially during summertime. "The master bedroom is in the very top of the house," Keever notes. "So really, trying to provide cooling to that upper room from the mechanical room in the basement wasn't a good option. The amount of ductwork footage [necessary to] deliver the air to that space—you just lose a lot of air. It was very inefficient, so that's why we went to the mini-split, which just handles his bedroom." The company had to set up ropes for workers to climb because of the steep slope and a fairly dense wooded area. QualifiedRemodeler.com March 2019 35 BEFORE

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