Our client purchased the property as a future rental // air b and b stay, with hopes to make it a modern day, nautical themed home. Encouraging our sustainable methods we generated a materials list and pitched our ideas as to what should be removed and brought into the home – ultimately making it more energy efficient and less harmful to the environment.
We removed double layered carpet in the basement and bedrooms and XPS foam board was placed over the concrete floors acting as a thermal and moisture barrier. Joints were tapped and a vinyl, waterproof, durable flooring was laid down. Instantly you could feel a temperature change in the basement. The insulation throughout the house is hidden and the vaulted ceiling doesn't allow for an insulated attic. The heat source was an 80's boiler and was unfortunately on its last legs. By having to replace this unit we are required to bring everything else up to code. We took this as an opportunity to choose a smaller furnace to run baseboard heaters and hot water. However the future of the main heat source would be relying on energy efficient mini split heat pumps, allowing for heat, ac, and dehumidification. While adding insulation value is very hard without ripping everything down, we focused on updating the current systems and a cold basement. The lighting in this home was dated and each fixture running an average of two 60 – 80 watt bulbs. Every light or fixture was replaced with LED 10 watt fixtures.
The homeowner, Chara, was an absolute pleasure to work with and she went above and beyond to ensure quality materials were used so that future stayers would enjoy their vacation to the fullest. If looking for a place to vacation, add this one to your list!
"Directly on the water. Swimmable, great for kids. You’ll see lots of people boating and swimming. Waterfront is a mix of rocks and sand with a dock. Large yard area with fire pit. One house to the left of the property but not super close. Offers a lot of privacy. Huge water trampoline with launch pad the kids and adult kids will love! Water can be a bit rocky in areas, water shoes are always good!
Home is stocked with linens, pillows, beach towels, bathroom towels, high quality shampoo & conditioner, k-cup coffee, some condiments and spices, dishes and silverware for up to 16, plenty of extra space if you need to add air mattresses, sleeps up to 18 as is with 1 queen, 6 fulls, and 4 twins."
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