This major Deep Energy Retrofit, completed in early 2017, marks a change of lifestyle for our clients, a newly retired couple with two adult children. The couple, previously living in Brampton, Ontario, decided to make the change to a car-free, sustainable lifestyle. The couple had originally thought of buying a plot of land and building a brand new house. However, after contacting Solares, who suggested a move to Guelph, for its walkability and train links to Toronto, decided to instead fully renovate a lovely century-old cottage in picturesque downtown Guelph, within walking distance to lots of amenities and green space.
To keep costs low and maintain the original structure’s aesthetic and charm, the major renovation used all the original structure’s window openings, only adding one opening for a large window in the great room and one for a rear exterior door. Two small additions were removed from the building completely, and the basement was underpinned considerably to allow for a full guest suite for the couple’s relatives who often visit from Switzerland.
The finished renovation is amazingly airtight, with an air change rate of 1.3 ACH@50pa. With an Energuide rating of an impressive 82, this house performs among the top 5% of buildings in its type.