Ranch Transformed, Efficiency Achieved
When architect Jesse Thompson found the home of his dreams, it was a diamond in the rough: small, inexpensive, homely, energy inefficient, and illegally wired. Thompson and his family were able to take their time on the renovation and spent their first year in the house planning the remodel, which began by addressing a drainage problem that caused the basement to flood, along with insulating the basement. They then commenced on a remodel that moved the house up instead of out, adding a second-floor bedroom area for the children. Throughout the renovation, Thompson and the builders paid attention to air-sealing and energy efficiency. Thompson reconfigured the exterior-envelope details based on the REMOTE (Residential Exterior Membrane Outside-insulation Technique) system developed by the CCHRC (Cold Climate Housing Research Center). The wall insulation package includes polyiso foam and dense-pack cellulose.
Going up is better than going out: To save money, the new floor plan was kept to the original footprint. Space was gained by adding a partial second floor that houses two new bedrooms and a bath.
Once the site of a derelict pool and rusting cars, the spacious backyard was given new life.
The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen and living room.
A closeup of the custom steel fireplace surround in the living room.
Baltic-birch staircase is accentuated by a bright orange stair wall. (The handrail has yet to be installed.)
Clear-finished maple plywood flooring panels are separated by strips of cork.
The downstairs bathroom is bright and cheerful.