Contemporary details and a new floor plan turn a near teardown into a practical home.
Synopsis: Contemporary details and a new floor plan turn a near teardown into a practical home in Caleb Johnson’s “Family-Friendly Remodel.” The goal was to use the bones of the old house to create a home in tune with their old New England neighborhood but with a warm, open, and modern interior. Reducing the home’s energy demand was high on the priority list. They chose to gut the interior and to fill the walls and roof with closed-cell spray foam. The roof is now an unvented hot roof. The house sits on a crawlspace, which is also insulated with closed-cell foam. This provided a tight envelope with an R-14 foundation, R-22 walls, and an R-48 roof. The logic in the renovated layout was to have the major indoor and outdoor living spaces pinwheel around the kitchen island. This carefully choreographed indoor and outdoor relationship makes the relatively compact house function as a much larger home with a comfortable union of different eras and styles.
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Katy and Bruce, recent transplants to Maine, were looking to live in a nice neighborhood in a hip, new energy-efficient house. They found the ideal neighborhood with little difficulty. The house didn’t come so easily.
After a stretch of renting, the two eventually came upon an old house that had been poorly renovated and was being used as a rental property. They bought it, not so much for the simplicity of its roofline and its proportions—which were among its only attributes—but rather for the quality of the neighborhood. The house was merely an affordable way to buy into it.
Given the condition of the house, Katy and Bruce were unsure about what could be accomplished. They debated whether it should be kept or torn down to start…