These videos follow the process of designing and building some of our projects. In each one we share the thinking that lies behind the phase of the project that the video is describing.
We remodeled this 2000SF Penthouse Condo in West Hartford to bring it into the 21st Century. This involved an thorough updating of the floor plan and finishes, but also included cutting the energy load in half. Next we added two solar PV canopies that provide 87% of all the energy the home requires. Pretty sweet!
In this video we review some of the strategies we rely on to design and build a satisfying home with exceptional energy performance while honoring the limits of a tight budget. Affordability in this case became both a limit and the focus for inspiration. Affordability is at once, “what can’t we afford to do” AND “how much can we do with what we have!” Here’s how we met that challenge.
Homes of the past were built without much energy awareness. That was then. Today we know better. Energy matters. In this video we describe our insulation strategies, their many benefits, and why they create such comfortable environments. Watch until the end for your moment of zen!
Our “Pretty Sweet House” is tested for air leakage using a blower door and a fog machine. We find a couple small leaks (that’s why we test) that will be easy to fix. We also describe how we provide healthy ventilation for a high performance home. Attention to these details assures the home will perform the way it was designed.
Here we take a look at two design strategies as this house takes shape. One that is the foundation for affordability. The other that takes its inspiration from a thermos and how we save energy by being miserly about what a home requires to provide comfort. As the building is taking shape we can observe these strategies in action.
We’re sharing the process of designing and building a high performance house in Cheshire CT. In this episode we talk about how the house was designed, including inspiration from Sears Kit Homes and Sarah Susanka’s “Not So Big House.” In the process we end up producing a set of “Guiding Principles” that serve as the foundation for the project’s design.
Getting started on a High Performance Home in Cheshire CT. We’re building this Pretty Good [ “Just Right” ]House using all the techniques we employ when building a Passive House, but in this case choosing not to go as far because our client already owns double glazed windows AND the house is shaded by a beautiful tree. This is the first in a series following the project and its progress.