Deep Energy Retrofit and Addition to a 1837 farmhouse in the Pennellville Historic Shipbuilding District of Brunswick. Designed by Architect, Elizabeth Newman in concert with Taggart Construction, balancing attention to historical details with new building techniques and materials. A portion of the original building was lifted to pour a new ICF foundation connected to original stone foundation which was insulated and sealed with a vapor barrier. An addition to the historical house connects the old building to a Timberframe barn that was reassembled on site.
Interior and Exterior trim was milled to match the original. Window and doors on the Main house were restored by our woodworking shop, Freeport Woodworking. The main house has a nearly airtight exoskeleton insulated with 8.5″ of dense pack Cellulose and a endoskeleton, or 2 x 4 “service wall” insulated with Roxul mineral wool batting. For what heating the house needs, a Kedel pellet boiler supplies it to the in-floor radiant system on the 1st floor, and Runtal radiators on the 2nd floor. Additionally, heat pumps were installed in the woodshop, studio and four season glass porch. A 30 panel solar array sits atop the standing seam roof, generating nearly 12,000 kWhs of clean, renewable energy. The effect is a stunning, harmonious contraposition of old and new.