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The Second Time Around

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The Second Time Around

A new house built on the small footprint of the original benefits from pace-saving strategies and a modern insulation package

by Charles Bickford

Senior editor Charles Bickford begins this article by describing a tiny house built in 1950 by an industrial arts class at Martha’s Vineyard High School. Because it sat on a depression that didn’t drain, it was rotting away, so its owner decided to build a new house on the same lot. Because of setbacks, however, the house had to remain in the same footprint as its predecessor. The design/build firm hired for the job managed to get an extra 400 sq. ft. in the new house by building a second floor, while keeping the house in character with the neighborhood. At just over 1000 sq. ft., the house is still small, but it makes very good use of this space, and it is much more airtight than the original house. This tight envelope was made possible with air-sealing, insulation, and triple-glazed windows. The roof is insulated to R-49, the walls to R-29, the foundation walls to R-18, and the foundation floor to R-20.

The Second Time Around
From Fine Homebuilding 220, pp. 76-79
May 19, 2011

Peak Construction & Design is a custom and new home builder, house renovation and home remodeling company. We are licensed general contractors in the state of Colorado who also provide installation log, timber fabrications and timber installations.  We service Southern California and the communities  surrounding Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta,  Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, La Canada and La Crescenta, Califonia.   Please call us today! 760.668.3991

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