If you truly want to be 'Green' there is nothing more green than restoring an existing building.
Having grown-up, and cut my teeth, in the renovation world it has placed me in a unique position to handle the challenges of restoration carpentry.
In older buildings it is important to honor past craftsmanship and design when performing restoration work.
I don't believe it is enough to just replace damaged components of a building...it is important to understand, and correct, the reason for the failure...the old adage that 'history repeats itself', couldn't be more true.
It is equally important to consider 'improvements' in building materials and take into account advances in building science when affecting changes/ modifications to older homes. It is paramount to consider that not every advance in building materials or building science is appropriate for older structures...quite often implementing what appears to be 'improvements' actually causes irreversible harm to the building.
BUILDING DREAMS. FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION. ONE PROJECT AT A TIME.
Replaced the board siding with cedar shingles.
Original windows were restored and reglazed.
New concrete footings and a granite block foundation was installed to replace the rubble piers the addition was sitting on. Now the foundation matches the house.
Replacement of damaged clapboards and roof 'step-flashing'. The step flashing was installed over the top of the clapboards...this corrects a re-muddle of years past.
A site designed and built, double hemmed, standing seam roof caps off the project.
Should be ready for, at least, another 140 years.
Note: how the clapboard spacing has been corrected and the flashing issue has been corrected. A trim board has been added to the side wall. This board has been designed to be removable and replaceable...the intent is to allow for future replacement of the roof without the need to disturb/ replace the siding.
Also interesting to mention, the judicious use of siding material; red cedar weather boards where backsplash/ snow build up from the roof could occur, pine clapboards are utilized where there is no fear of degradation concerns. This is a wise use of resources.
All cuts are sealed prior to installation.
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