The New American Remodel team relied on lessons from a decade of technology improvements to create a winner in the race to zero. Here’s how they did it.
Bringing air register design in line with modern design
The goal was to transform a compact A-frame into a spacious mountain retreat. The first floor featured a dramatic, vaulted living space with mountain views. But the U-shaped kitchen layout squeezed traffic in the house between the peninsula and a narrow set of stairs. The master bedroom, which was downstairs as well, needed more square footage.
Upstairs, the steeply sloped A-frame roof cut headroom dramatically, so the bedrooms felt cramped. The homeowners wanted a master suite up top. Architect Doug Walter had his work cut out for him.
We are featuring two projects this year—on opposite sides of the country
The New American Remodel explores creative approaches to sustainable design
A look at what makes flashing tape so sticky and why the way you install it determines how well it stays stuck
Foil blocks heat transfer best if it stays clean, is adjacent to an airspace, and the delta is large enough.
In a tightly air-sealed house, a mechanical ventilation system ensures a healthy exchange of fresh air
When a balloon loses air or depressurizes, it gets smaller (and makes a funny sound), but houses don’t roll like that
The second part of our two-part story focuses on the project’s finishes and strategic solutions to real-world construction challenges
Solar power and a maximum fan speed of 400 cfm are key to this easy-to-install replacement fan
Using flexible ducts saves time, but careless installation can cause performance-related problems that are hard to find and even harder to fix after the drywall goes up
An easy way to redirect air from a toe-kick register located under a cabinet
One building science blogger recommends encapsulated crawl spaces. Here's why