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AMHERST, MA

COTTAGE STREET

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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.

The house was awarded NESEA's Zero Energy Challenge prize in 2010, and won Andrew Webster the Best Remodel from FineHomebuilding in 2012.

COMPLETE: SEPT. 2010

with Coldham&Hartman Architects