The Carpenter’s House
This smart Craftsman-style home was built with a keen eye for detail and energy efficiency.
Synopsis: Builder Pete Mollica was his own customer and built his home on the top of a cliff in eastern Tennessee. Using local hardwoods and stone, he created both interior and exterior architectural details in the Craftsman style. He used a narrow footprint to create a 2600-sq.-ft. home that’s deceptively small as seen from the front. Based on his experiences with spray-foam insulation, he chose to insulate the envelope by building a double-rafter roof (R-68) and insulating it with meticulous air-sealing, rigid foam, and fiberglass batts. A section drawing shows the main points of his strategy. Web extra: See a slideshow of the house. Photo: Charles Bickford
I started my construction career by renovating old houses in Nashville, Tenn. After working through a few, I found that small Craftsman-style bungalows were my favorites. I completed all the finish carpentry on these projects and always tried to reproduce the…