Arlington, MA is now home to one of our latest finished projects. The primary objectives of this project were to more efficiently heat and cool the home, as well as creating the clients’ dream kitchen. Achieving these goals was facilitated by collaboration with Matt Sargent, an outstanding architect from Sargent Studios. Once the major designing and brainstorming had drawing to a close, Matt was presented with an opportunity to move to Virginia, and work on a once in a lifetime design. Jon Taylor of Clever Green Cabinetry was then able to work closely with the clients and project manager Rob Isbell in tweaking the smaller details regarding the kitchen. The clients came with their own excitement; this project would be Rob’s second back to back project where the client was pregnant and the project needed to be completed right around the same time as her due date

The project consisted of (from the top of the house down):

Insulating the unfinished attic with open-cell expanding foam:  

The foam was sprayed to encapsulate the roof rafters, in turn removing any thermal bridging and creating a “hot roof”. We also removed the existing 4’x4’ whole house fan from the second floor hall that was the source of huge air infiltration issues.

Installing a High-Velocity Unico heating and cooling system: The existing dwelling had radiator heat and no AC, so installing this Unico system was a minimally invasive solution. The system was installed in the attic and ran throughout the house with only small chases needed and small air ports for registers in all the ceilings of the house.

Insulating the existing wall cavities: We drilled access holes and inserted deep pack cellulose insulation, bringing the R-value to R-13.

Remodeling the kitchen
: We completely renovated the existing kitchen space. We tried to keep the demolition to a minimum by reusing the existing cabinets in the basement, not only as a temporary kitchen during construction, but also as a future wet bar. We attempted to only demo areas where new window framing and access to electrical was needed, and not perform a complete gut of the space. We protected the existing oak flooring, and toothed in where the wall was removed from dining room to kitchen. The kitchen was formaldehyde free and finished with water based stain and polyurethane, creating a healthy kitchen atmosphere. Not only is there zero sacrifice on look, style, or detail, but the kitchen is also locally made and clean of any off-gassing. This is a concern we take serious because we go through a huge effort, and the client pays an expense, to combat air sealing; therefore, not allowing these off-gases any place to escape is very important. Lastly, the countertops and windowsill were made from Silestone, and the appliances were reused to help combat the budget and minimize the waste of resources.

Overall, the project was a great success. Heating and cooling efficiency was increased, the finishing details brought more character to the home, and most importantly, the clients’ objectives were fulfilled and the project was completed in accordance with the original timeline.


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