All of the single pane aluminum windows were changed out for double pane wood and new windows also were double pane wood. New skylights on the south added needed solar heat gain and daylighting, while triple glazing on these skylights minimized night time losses.  All of the exterior walls of the larger building and both roofs were insulated with blown-in cellulose. The new slab floor was also insulated and thermally broken at the perimeter.

Our ecological design and construction process and our commitment to recycling and reuse figured prominently in the renovation.  We recycled “internally” by reusing, in new locations, the doors, windows and trim that were carefully removed and stored during demolition, and all framing lumber was FSC certified.  Functional and whimsical details, often involving salvaged materials, animate the entire project:  the kitchen counters and tables are slabs of wood retrieved from storm-downed trees; the pendant lights are custom made from French vinegar bottles; and a variety of automobile components, from rear-view mirrors to hatchbacks, are used for benches, shelves, railings and awnings.

Construction by Wanaselja Construction

Photographs by Ethan Kaplan, Linda Svendsen and Leger Wanaselja Architecture