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The Kittery Point House



We significantly upgraded the energy efficiency and appearance of a home on the water in Kittery Point, Maine. You will find pictures of the home on our "Picture Gallery" tab to the left as well as below. By the end of this winter we plan to see specifically how much Martha was able to save.




As the job progressed, friends oftened stopped by. They loved that we were restoring the home to its original lustre. Many were heard to say: "Gorgeous!" "I just love it!" "This home deserves to have this kind of attention given to it." Here are the homeowner's comments after we completed our work:



"The house looks beautiful! The heat doesn't come on nearly as much as it did before. It's nice to see a craftsman who takes pride in his work. If you would ever like to use me for a recommendation, please feel free to do so. Excellent job; well done."


Martha, Kittery Point, Maine


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The Kittery Point House
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The Kittery Point House

Original Conditions

Except for the attic which had a small amount of insulation, there was no insulation in the house to begin with. There was a drop down stairway from the attic, and a whole house fan that passed a lot of air from the second floor to the attic. Neither one was used by the homeowners. Both were big sources of heat loss.


Actions that we took

We removed the existing drop down attic stairway that was not needed and the whole house fan which the owner also did not use. We sprayed closed cell foam insulation at the band joists and the stone basement walls. This gave us an R-value at the band joists of R-28, and that tapered down to below the frost line. We installed dense packed cellulose in the walls, and added cellulose insulation in the attic to bring the R-value there up to above R-60. We also insulated a new attic access hatch to match the attic R-value, and added a gasket to provide an air seal between the attic and the living space below.

Since the trim and siding were in bad shape, we removed all of it down to the sheathing. We installed insulating sheathing and a product called Home Slicker to provide what is known as a rain screen. This will protect the new cedar shingle siding from future damage and greatly extend its lifespan. And because a typical home's framing occupies about 20% of the walls and roof, adding the insulating sheathing not only increased the overall R-value of the walls by about 30%, but it also tightened up the home's envelope so it will be far more comfortable with greatly reduced air infiltration or drafts.

Originally, there were several different trim details and materials reflecting the original home, two additions with newer double hung and casement windows, and a 4 unit casement window that had been added in the living room. Needless to say, this made for a hodgepodge of styles, and trim details. The house looked rather broken up, mismatched, and disjointed. We wanted to unify all of the trim details in order to restore the architectural detail and integrity of the original home. So we installed new PVC trim to duplicate all of the original trim details of the home on all areas of the home. In addition, the PVC trim will require no maintenance, and the bleached oil cedar shingles will leave the home's owner with very little maintenance to attend to for many years to come. You can see the result in the picture gallery tab to the left, as well as here in the slide show on this page.

See the homeowner's comments above the slide show.





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