A ’60s Ranch House Grows Up and Out

A family’s ranch house gets an addition, high ceilings, and new indoor-outdoor living spaces

Lots of amazing Before and After views highlight a magnificent remodel

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The house scored a 30 on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which means it is 70 percent more energy efficient than the average new home. Among the energy-efficient moves the Sullivans made:

  • Making smart use of natural light
  • Preserving much of the original house and foundation
  • Recycling the aluminum siding
  • Wrapping exterior walls in 1-inch foam-board insulation
  • Saving and recycling materials such as the original wood flooring, trim scraps, walnut slabs, tongue-and-groove paneling, and even a jail cell door
  • Adding solar panels
  • Choosing Low-E, argon-filled windows and doors
  • Installing a geothermal HVAC system, an energy recovery ventilator and a heat pump water heater that helps dehumidify the lower level and provides cool air for the wine room
  • Designing a potential ADU space, which would be considered gentle infill housing

Photo by: Living Stone Design + Build