We had a great meeting with Chad Horril of Prestige Project Management yesterday. He gave us a few key suggestions, and it made us change tracks a bit on our reno. Here are the results:
- Instead of building a cement stairway outside the foundation, we’ll extend the original roofline fully to the rear end of the house. This will improve its snow load capacity, and also improve the floor space, because all the ceilings will be the same height now.
- This will significantly improve the house’s energy performance as well.
- This will involve insulating/building up the northmost 2/3’rds of the floor in the back of the house to match the rest of the house.
- Instead of removing the bay window, we’ll keep it, and actually square off at its furthest extent, and include all of that floor space. (Compare with the existing floor plan.)
- Plan on doing blown cellulose into the old/new attic and walls.
- Skipping the skylights. Perhaps one Solatube in the bathroom, since it can also act as a vent, (unless the HRV will collect bathroom air???)
- There is now a legitimate bar seating area since we swapped the living room onto the south side.
- The basement stairs now occupy a spot very near or overlapping the existing hole. 🙂
- All plumbing is near to the original plumbing except the kitchen.
- As drawn, all windows are 3.5′ off the floor, 4′ tall.
- We’ve kept the Sunny Day Marmoleum and the Rona Birch hardwood flooring.
- FYI – North is on the “grassy” side, and the walkway is on the South side of the diagrams.
- We will be doing soffit, fascia, and gutters as required to upgrade the curb appeal of the house.