Renovations to this 1894 home in Burlington's south end aimed to preserve and respect the classic historic character, while maximizing energy performance. We worked with Redmond Interior Design to preserve and enhance the interior. Original trim and hardware was carefully removed and reinstalled, and much of the original layout remains unchanged. The second floor was reconfigured to provide a new master suite. Improvements to the stair, and the addition of daylighting and egress windows turned an underutilized third floor into a guest suite and office.

Insulated from the interior, much of the homes historic exterior was left intact. A new shed dormer has a minimal impact viewed from the street, but provides a spectacular view to nearby Lake Champlain. The existing rear porch, which was in poor condition, was reconstructed with the addition of a balcony for the master suite above.

A deep energy retrofit brought the homes heating EUI from 54 kBTU/yr to 23 kBTU/yr. This was achieved through extensive insulation upgrades including an R38, spray foam filled, double stud wall cavity. At the roof, spray foam was added to existing cellulose to bring the total to R51. Existing double hung windows were replaced with wood clad, R5 triple pane replacements. The existing stone foundation received spray foam insulation and improved drainage.

Outside, a sloping and undefined backyard was transformed with stone walls, a terrace and plantings. We worked with Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design to develop a useable series of spaces connected with the home. With all of these improvements, this historic structure has been transformed into an efficient, comfortable and functional home.



Burlington, VT