Due to some poor material choices and installation techniques, the home's siding, trim, and roof were all failing. The homes timber frame construction and unusually sheathing and insulation technique presented serious challenges to tightening up an extremely leaky home. Sitting atop a hill in Tunbridge and exposed to regular year round wind, the windows rattled in the breeze and a small fortune on oil was being spent to stay warm-ish but not comfortable. If this newly purchased home was going to work in the long term, a comprehensive approach to the process had to be designed and implemented.
One of the challenges was that we keep the look and feel of the traditional cape style the home had which ruled out a lot of energy improvement options. The exposed maple timber frame on the inside decreased our options even further. We opted for additional rigid foam and air sealing on the exterior of the building. Since the siding, trim, windows and roof were failing, we stripped that all down and started over. Using rigid foam, sheathing, and tape, we added insulation to the roof and wall assemblies while replacing all the failing windows and doors. This also allowed us to install two massive 8 foot wide sliding doors in the living room opening up the astonishing views to the south and east. We also installed a Zehnder heat recovery ventilator to provide fresh air and comprehensive ventilation for the newly sealed home. Some more appropriate architectural details were added while re-trimming like gable end rake overhangs and pigeon stoop eave returns. The building received a wood trim and fiber cement clapboard cladding package and a new architectural shingle roof. Standing seam metal was considered but passed over due to the low eave height and the massive snow piles that would have resulted from the shedding snow.