These are high performance homes and a garage with a mix of traditional look and progressive ideas.
Four Winds designed this home specifically to the client needs and life style. An energy efficient, healthy and bright home, yet with some of the presence of an older one. We were all delighted to find that a pellet boiler and heat pump water heater were both, a good environmental choice, as well as the most economically practical.
No project is a success without a good team: Special thanks to Peacock Builders and their great subcontractors. Gorgeous landscaping by Burdick and Associates.
This is our ideal sort of project. The clients want a '100 year house' to be passed on in the family for generations. With a focus on quality, comfort, longevity and performance, we went to a super insulated envelope. The aesthetic needed to blend into the historic neighborhood while also incorporating today's highest level of building performance and mechanical systems.
A Straw Bale home creates a comfortable environment beyond the standard house. Besides the ease of heating, it stays cool in the summer, buffers humidity levels, is uniquely quiet and has textures that bring one's senses into the present. Pictures cannot capture the feel of these spaces.
A family summer cottage is a delicate thing to renovate as the priorities are very different from most houses. It requires a respect for a place that has become part of the fabric of a family. The beloved character of the place must be recognized before renovating. With that understood, significant maintenance can be done and even improvements to make it more comfortable.
This cottage has the living space upstairs. On hot summer days it became unbearable hot, as attic spaces do. We covered the roof a new layer of foam boards, significantly improving the inflation value but without changing the look, inside or out. By installing a vapor barrier and insulation in the crawl space humidity level are under better control and it made the place more comfortable through out the season, even extending the usable season.
Such a place, connected to nature, is valued as a family heirloom that can help hold a family together, no matter what directions life takes them.
A challenging project, as a busy natural food store cannot be shut down for more than a day for construction. We added more space for the store, new refrigeration, a delivery bay, expansion of the kitchen, 2 apartments and an office. Many energy improvement including, improved building envelope, heat pump space conditioning and recovering heat from the refrigeration system to make hot water. A spiral stair case leads up to the light filled office under the copula. To avoid closing the store, the 2 apartments had to be limited to the space over the new addition but still feel spacious, quiet and have a total sense of privacy.
Made out of almost all leftover materials from other construction projects and an old set of oars. The oars rotate to function as the door handle and latch.
We love renovations! The largest opportunity to improve the impact of our built environment is to improve the existing. Plus, we love the challenge of working with existing spaces to make them more enjoyable and functional for the occupants.
An extensive renovation on this summer home went beyond refreshing the finishes. The project included energy improvements, structural changes, correction of drainage issues and landscaping. Starting off, there was debate of tearing the building down, however it is now very happily back in use.
The challenge here was to convert the limited area of a large bathtub into a separate tub and shower. We had a local boat builder make a custom uforo bathtub that partially extends through the floor. The baths uses less water and offers a more comfortable sitting position. This renovation was finished out to blend in with the existing bathroom.
Renovation of this bathroom involved converted a shower location into a bathtub. With limited space to work with, the change created the need for more storage space in the bathroom. We found the room by building a custom cabinet over a stairwell. The solution literally required thinking outside the box.
On what was a seasonal waterfront property, the owners decided to build a year-round house for their retirement. The design had to express a love for the location and be respectful of the existing natural beauty of the area. A sustainable design approach added to the client's gratification with the final design.
This house was designed around the ideas of Passive House standards. The circular core is both an esthetic and functional element as it is the primary axis that distributes fresh air, energy and people. The unique achievement of the design is uniting form and function in a way that benefits both.