New Life for an Old Barn

As a remodeling contractor, there is nothing more satisfying than saving one of our iconic New England barns and giving it a new lease on life. The barn at the Harrisville Inn was built in 1842 and was in serious need of major repairs. A timber frame that sits upon a laid up field stone […]

May 24th, 2016|

Don’t Show Them the Cellar, Honey

As an energy auditor and energy remodeling specialist, I have been focusing most of my attention on our charming classic homes. You may be the proud owner of an old Cape, Colonial, or “New Englander.” Chances are, that old girl has probably had some cellulose blown into the attic or walls. Windows may have been […]

May 24th, 2016|

Best Bang for the Buck

For the last seven years I have been focusing primarily on making homes in the Monadnock region more energy efficient. I have conducted numerous energy audits and have completed a few dozen major energy retro-fits. This means remodeling for maximum energy based on a prioritized list of improvements called out by the audit. I feel […]

May 24th, 2016|

What is “Zero Net Energy”?

The term “Zero Net Energy” (ZNE) is new to many. Generally, it applies to homes which produce all (or more!) of the energy that they consume on an annual basis. Consider that residential energy usage accounts for approximately 21% of our nation’s energy use. ZNE construction yields incredible benefits to personal finances, enhances local and […]

January 11th, 2015|

Looking Back

This was a good year for developing some new systems for energy retro-fits and re-modeling.

Basement Transformations

  • Utilized a different approach to insulating basement floors that involved using sprayed on closed cell urethane foam under slab floors.
  • Developed a new framing system that accommodates a pine paneled finish. This system is more practical than drywall for attachment of shelving […]
December 30th, 2012|

Surfing the Green Wave: Part 4

Air sealing and insulation of walls and roofs are top priority in your energy retrofit project. Windows and doors, which can easily be a complex agenda, are the next priority in your home’s energy improvement plan.

For a window to perform its functions of ventilation, light transmission, security, a view on the world and aesthetic appeal, […]

November 23rd, 2011|
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