Friday, January 22, 2016

Building another New House Next Door

Here are some photos of another NHND being built for clients of mine. It is to be an eclectic farmhouse for a fun family weekends/vacations/retirement in the Catskill Mountains on land that has been in their family for generations. The original plan was to renovate the old, existing structure, (see Post "When is a building too far gone to renovate?") but the plan of upgrades was so great, and the existing framing was in such a bad state, so now a new, energy efficient "twin" to that building is being constructed on the property.

 The roof framing is very complex with structural ridge beams, and a flitch beam to accommodate front and back dormers and knee walls for the second floor so that there is more space/height than the original structure while still having a similar cozy/comfortable feel like the older home did with a second floor space up in the eaves of the roof.

The new family room will have a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling and glass doors to a deck/screened porch. The new bedrooms will be much larger, with multiple bathrooms and a master suite on the first floor. The kitchen will be open to a sitting and dining area and there are lots of windows and porches to enjoy the spectacular vistas.

 The new site (across the road from the old building site) is sloped, and therefore allowed for a walk-out basement door and some larger windows into what will be a workshop space below. It also afforded the plan to be rotated for better views of the mountains all around and better solar gain. And needless to say, the new home will have all new energy efficient windows and a tightly insulated and air-sealed building envelope, being infinitely more comfortable and using less fuel to heat than the century-old place.

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