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This 1880's home was ready for a change. When a young family - returning to the town she'd grown up in - found this gem downtown, they gave up on plans of new construction and settled in to remake it into the home they'd wanted.
Near schools and shops, and a bakery which kept the Financial Times on hand for him, the site was perfect. And the house was perfect for a deep energy retrofit. We added insulation and airtight layers inside and out, rebuilt the roof, and removed the oil boiler. We made bedrooms for four, and a master suite where the parents' early risings and late work hours would not disturb each other or the kids.
It was at times a bumpy ride - we nearly tore it down, we changed builders in mid-stream, and in the end we hired on an experienced Construction Manager (Steve Ferrari of FCM Smartbuild) and a cousin for a builder (Holden Builders). But the project came together.
The costly process of putting grid-tied solar on a residence inspired the owners to found Sungage, a residential solar finance firm dedicated to helping homeowners add PV to their homes.