When I sat down with George and Angela in their Don Mills bungalow to discuss their upcoming project, I told them that I was leaning toward the tear down option as opposed to the renovation option.
We spent nearly two hours talking through ideas, their needs, and the timing of the renovation. The more we talked, the more I came to realize that for their specific needs and preferences, renovating would be a better option.
Here are some of the reasons why.
George and Angela wanted their home to suit the property – they did not want to build an oversized home. The existing footprint of the bungalow is a good size. The foundation and overall structure is solid and a good base to build on top of.
George had taken a great interest in the design of the home. He spent months working on layouts, elevations, and designs in a design program he bought from Staples. He was eager to show me his ideas. Although he had no previous design experience, George’s designs were pretty good. He knew the basic principle of what he wanted.
Overall, their needs were not complicated.
They wanted to maintain the modernist style that was central to the planning of the Don Mills neighbourhood back in 1952. They did not want the style of their home to stand out from the look of the completed neighbourhood in 1965.
They wanted a 3 bedroom home to accommodate themselves and their two young children. They did not have plans for any more children and did not want to build a house bigger than they needed.
The main floor would be an open concept space. Kitchen, dining, and living areas would blend together and be surrounded by windows and doors on all sides to provide as much natural light as possible. They left room for an office or den at the front of the house in its own small, private wing. The main entrance would be set to the side of the house so that it can also offer privacy.
Most of the budget would focus on the main and second floor. The basement had a height of 8 feet, which is great. The second floor will be partial sized, rather than covering the same area as the main floor.
The exterior elements of their home include window placements and a driveway that will suit the new layout. The house will feature a flat roof and a carport to the side. Angela suggested the carport, and it makes good sense.
The zoning bylaws will not favour one of the options over the other, the existing ceiling heights were not an issue, the home was structurally sound, and there was not much of a cost difference between either options.
The meeting ended with an agreement that renovating was the suitable option. I left feeling confident about our plans and hope to help George and Angela’s vision come to life.
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Removing walls to create the open concept living spaces that so many homeowners around Toronto are looking for today requires more than just a vision. Working hand in hand with our Structural Engineers, the photo above showcases a Walden Home renovation where the existing structure had to be removed and replaced.
The design process for a project such as this is as follows:
Review existing structure to determine viability
Prepare shoring plan to support structure as changes are happening
Design new structural elements that will allow for the clear spans needed
Note: The clear spans allow for a larger room, inclusive of kitchen, dining room, living space, which is all combined without walls or posts
In this specific project, we are currently in the process of removing all existing main floor and second floor walls and floor joists.
The plan is to add only a very small mudroom on the main floor, while everything else is being worked into the existing footprint, which is only 1,600 square feet, excluding the basement.
Squeezing every inch out of the house requires very precise design. The layer below the visible design is what allows the open spaces to happen. This is a perfect example of top to bottom structural engineering. The basement is underpinned, the roof structure is re-engineered with steel and other structural elements are designed to maximize spans so that dividing walls are not required.
Project Goal: Better use of space, more flexible layout and a more seamless connection between spaces.
When we renovate for a multi-generational family, we have to take their individual needs into account. One house where three generations live together has different needs than a home for a single generation family.
Walden Homes first experienced the challenges of designing and renovating a multi-generational home in 2007. That is when the Smith family first approached us to design and renovate a home they had just purchased in Markham. Doug and Georgia had three school age children and needed a bigger home. The elder Smiths had moved from Ottawa to Toronto to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Instead of buying separate homes, the Smiths bought one home and renovated it to accommodate a multi-generational lifestyle. They wanted to bring the family together and to make the home renovation work for everyone.
Walden Homes wanted this home renovation to work for them so we started extensive planning. We decided to combine the main home with a side entry. This decision gave the elder Smiths a separate entrance, which allowed for additional privacy and the ability to come and go as they pleased. Their entrance led to a small living room and stairs to a basement office, where Smith Senior would be able to continue his passion as a writer. Their bedroom suite overlooked the backyard’s greenery.
The main part of the house was enlarged to create an open concept kitchen, family room, and dining area. The entire Smith family shared these areas. They were able to enjoy their time together in a large and comfortable space.
The Smiths were able to make this arrangement work financially by collecting resources between the generations and choosing to live in a re-built home in a beautiful neighbourhood.
Making It Work
Multi-generational housing is becoming increasingly common. University and college graduates are taking more time to move out of their parent’s homes, while aging family members may need more help around the house and move back in with their children. Everyone lives under one roof.
Walden Homes has done many more multi-generational home renovation projects since the Smith’s home, and every project is different. It has to be – because every family is different. We know how to meet your needs and our unique process lets you stay in control every step of the way.
Walden has finished basements, modified second floors, added second floors, reconfigured main floors, all for the purpose of providing adult children with their own living space - fully upgraded for independent living taking place under one roof.
Things to Consider
- Accessibility: for elderly members of the family, accessibility is very important regarding showers and stairs to create an ease of living.
- Privacy: this is always an issue, as separation is important but becomes difficult with so many members under one roof.
- Comfort: the space has to feel welcoming and livable for all family members. This includes considering heating and cooling preferences.
- Integration: do renovations work with the rest of the home and do they work for the family?
- Ways to renovate a house include: upgrading the basement suite, creating a separate unit as part of the main house, or integrating separate living suites (bedrooms) for everyone into one house.
- 3 main ways to make it work: Modify, add, or change an existing space to suit where the work is being done (ie. a basement suite would have different needs than a 2nd floor bedroom add on).
An addition to your home can be more than just adding space. Why not look at your renovation as a chance to modernize or go in a different direction without completely changing the character of your home? Without re-building or completely tearing down the existing home, many homeowners are deciding to mix it up a bit instead. They accomplish this by blending traditional with more modern.
Each of the homes pictured have contemporary detailed additions that project out of the original house structure. Generally, these are not large additions. Often small spaces with large glass elements project out from original home. The architects have incorporated cubes that alter or cut through the roof lines. In these spaces, there is a change in materials with a colour palette that ties back to the rest of the house.
In 2009, Cathy (my wife) and I renovated our hundred year Forest Hill Tudor home. The classic Tudor exterior was blended with a very modern addition that we built at the side of the house. The materials and colours were carried from the existing home. The new addition that we built has a flat roof with minimal detailing and large floor to ceiling windows and doors. We love that the old character of the Tudor home blends in so nicely with the surrounding neighborhood, while the new modern addition represents our lifestyle and design preference. The addition we built is open, bright, warm and comfortable. We are living in a 100 year old home that has a modern twist.
When it’s time to design and build your addition, get inspired and mix it up!
There's no end to the possibilities when it comes to bathroom renovation; the possible combinations are almost unimaginable.
As much as there are trends and similar aspects from one design to the next, bathrooms are the most customizable room in a house. The possible combinations of materials, options, details, and layout are endless.
But don't let that scare you. Have some fun!
From possible different ways to layout of the bathroom, thousands of fixture possibilities, endless tile options, cabinetry choices, and countertop styles - the combinations of all of these make bathroom design a blank slate.
Each one is very different from the next!
This explains why bathroom renovations can be such a challenge. On the positive side, challenging in a good way that keeps things fresh and exciting.
Room for room there are more options in a washroom than in just about any other in the house. Certainly per square foot, they are most design intensive rooms and are also likely to be the most costly area of the house on a cost per square foot basis.
If you are looking to renovate one of you bathrooms, you will want to start off by narrowing things down.
Here are some tips:
What overall feeling are you looking? Is it is a kids washroom, young/older, luxury or modest, practical or detailed, large his/hers ensuite, spacious, simple functional ensuite, family bath shared, or guest bathroom. Who will be using the washroom? Family or guests? Are there accessibility requirements? Are you looking for a style that resembles a spa or more practical?
Don't forget to think of some of the more practical parts such as storage requirements, locations for hanging towels, lighting requirements, washroom venting, shower or tub niches for shampoo, floor warming, etc.
You always want to use a bathroom specialist and licensed plumber. A good quality oriented tile installer goes a long way to a successful renovation project. Plumbing and tile installation are the most critical areas that you really want to get right. Long-term performance is dependent on getting the best possible trades in to do your work. Cut back on other elements if you have to, but do not skimp in these areas.
Bathroom renovation does not have to be complicated.
If you are thinking about renovating a bathroom I suggest that you contact Cindy VanRyn is an amazing interior designer and our partner in SnapDesign + Contracting. Snap makes bathroom design simple by combining great design with hands on contracting.
You can contact Cindy: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you think about renovating a kitchen, the list of features and options that are available is endless and very exciting. Generally, you will consider new cabinets, contemplate increasing storage, debate between caesarstone or quartz countertops, and window shop for new appliances.
However, there is an element of your kitchen design that often goes unappreciated: kitchen windows.
No one seems to talk about kitchen windows. They are an element of your kitchen that you can look at and not even know that you are experiencing, but they are crucial to the redesign of your cooking space.
Pay attention to windows when designing your new kitchen! They may seem like an afterthought, but they hold significant influence over how your kitchen is perceived. These examples show off the importance of carefully selecting the windows for your kitchen remodel.
In this renovation, the windows run across the full back wall of the house. The back staircase was removed and relocated which allowed the repositioned kitchen to take advantage of the back wall. This made a perfect location for the kitchen sink along with an eating bar. Sitting over the honed black granite countertop gives you a perfect view overlooking the garden.
Our interior design partner, Cindy Vanryn of Snap Interior Design + Contracting, worked with us to create this beautiful space. To learn more about making use of your kitchen seating from Cindy, read more here.
This is another example of an Allenby neighbourhood kitchen renovation where a wall of windows was used to introduce a maximum amount of natural light. Prior to the renovation, the house and kitchen in particular appeared very dark. The kitchen is now bright and promotes an open feeling. The light from the kitchen filters into the adjoining hallway - making the main floor feel so much more welcoming.
Wall of Windows
If you are interested in building a wall of windows into your kitchen renovation, there are certain considerations you need to take into account. The tradeoff is that there are less upper cabinets. We've made up for this by working in full height pantries. One 5 foot wide and 8 foot tall cabinet can make up for ten to 15 feet of upper cabinets. This combination - large windows, fewer upper cabinets and the use of full height storage cabinets - makes a smaller kitchen feel much larger, more open. As an added bonus, we get a nice connection to the rear yard.
First off, what’s the difference? In a tear down, the existing house on a lot is taken down completely. This means the roof, the walls, the floors, and the foundation are completely removed. There is nothing left of the existing home.
In a gut, the house is stripped to the outside walls. Even the most complete gut retains some element of the existing side walls and the foundation walls are maintained. Often, some percentage of the existing walls are maintained. What stays and what goes depends on the exact nature of the renovation.
Even knowing this information, many homeowners are still unsure which route is best for them. Unfortunately, there is no single right or wrong answer to this question. Reasons to follow one route over the other will depend on each particular situation.
While there is no straightforward way to say one route is better than the other, we can explore some of the thinking that goes into making the decision or needs of the homeowners.
Considering the cost
In most cases, a tear down will cost more than a complete gut. The difference in cost varies depending on how much additional square footage is added to the existing home to make it larger. In the long run, things balance out as tear downs are usually worth more when completed than the gut. You are spending more initially to build a home that will be worth more.
What changes do you want to make?
Tear downs usually allow for more flexibility in the overall architecture. The house can be set on the lot based on your needs. It can be lowered to the ground or elevated to allow for more basement height. It can be moved forward or slightly back to take advantage of the grading or other property aspects.
A new home has benefits in allowing for more changes to the space. A new home’s basement is usually upgraded, allowing for more height and better windows. In addition, including a garage in a new home is usually easier than it would be in a gut.
On the other hand, a gut can sometimes allow for flexibility in a different way. The house can take advantage of existing non-conforming elements. For example, leaving side walls permits a house to be wider in some cases. This is an advantage on narrow properties.
Neighbours often find complete tear downs to be more disruptive than complete guts. Most large scale renovations or re-builds require committee approval. At times, in can be easier to get neighbours on your side when the house is not getting completely torn down. The perception is that building a new home will be more disruptive.
Some homeowners want to maintain the original architecture of a home. They want a house that will fit in within the neighbourhood. In these cases, a gut would be the better route. New homes do tend to stand out amongst a street lined with older homes. If maintaining harmony is important, the gut would be the better option.
Have you made a decision?
These are just some of the considerations that need to be thought through before making a decision. We can help you explore these two options to find the best approach to suit your particular needs.
Tear down or gut renovation? Let us know which you’re leaning toward and we’ll help you make the right decision!
You’ve reached a point where the home of your dreams is finally within reach; all you have to do is design it! Over the years your personal taste and style has developed, and you finally know what you like and what you would like to see in the finished product that will be your new home. The real question you should be asking yourself is: do you have everything you need to get started?
Before you can even think about the finished product, you have to master the planning and organization of your new home. Whether you’re building from brand new, or renovating an existing home, how you start your project will be the foundation for your entire build. Here are the key components to get you started once you’ve decided to design your own custom home.
Design and Build
The design (what you want your home to look like) and the physical build (the structure / architecture) of your home are imperative to nail down in detail before you even get started. If you have your heart set on certain elements of your home, such as multiple bathrooms, open concept design, or a custom staircase, make sure these additions are discussed at the very beginning of the planning stages to make sure they are feasible and can be accommodated in your build.
Having your details aligned will allow you to set expectations for your entire project, as well as timelines. Remember: some custom selections will undoubtedly take longer to design and install than other, more standard choices. This is all dependant on just how custom you want your house to be.
Another thing to consider in the design and building stage is who is helping you make your custom dream come true. If you have your eyes set on a contemporary design, make sure your design partners are planning for a more open concept home, with finishing touches that will compliment your desired style. The small details are imperative in the overall finished project; you want to be certain your design partners are guiding you in the right direction.
Once you have your planning stage organized, you may be ready to break ground on your custom home build. But wait! There may be other factors to consider before you get the renovation ball rolling.
First, consider the time of year. While renovating existing structures is slightly different, the general rule of thumb with new home constructions is as such: if the foundation (ground work) is not laid prior to the beginning of December, a large addition or new home project will not be started until early to mid-March. This may change or alter your timelines significantly if the project can not move forward in the winter months.
Additionally, if your current home is being renovated to suit your custom dreams, you must consider how much construction you are willing to live in the midst of, and for how long. In some cases it is possible to utilize half the house, or an upper or lower floor, while the renovations are happening elsewhere. Living in a construction zone may not be possible, or even your preference; however, regardless make sure your living accommodations during your renovation are organized and accounted for as well.
Once your planning is complete, your project is ready to be underway. This is the exciting part! You want to stay as involved in possible, but most of us won’t be able to be physically on site everyday for the execution of our new custom home. That’s where BuildSmart comes in.
Walden’s proprietary renovation process app, BuildSmart, is essentially a project manager in your pocket. Available on your phone, tablet, or desktop, BuildSmart offers transparent, constant access to your project, every step of the way. Follow timelines, check your decision log, and even see daily pictures of the progress of your home. You can even ask questions directly in app, and your building team will get back to you and put your mind at ease. We guarantee this will be your new favourite go-to app for the duration of your project.
Plan With Walden
We want you to love where you live. If that means building an entirely new custom home, just for you, we’d like to help. Download our free renovation checklist to get your project started on the right foot.
The 3D image above is the design of a new project we are currently working on for one of our clients located in Leslieville.
This project is a large-scale renovation with the family room being one of the key elements as the clients are a young family looking to stay in this home long-term.
The family room is a large room connected to an open kitchen that runs across the back wall of the house. It also consists of large windows and doors that bring in a lot of nice natural light. The overall room (kitchen and family room) is 40 feet long across the back wall of the house and just under 30 feet of this wall is all glass.
Below are the key design features we have included in this project:
Built-in niche with shelving to the left of fireplace
Built-in niche to the right of the fireplace for pictures and artwork
Lighting installed within the shelving to add a decorative element
Horizontal gas fireplace built on a raised hearth that will be clad in a natural stone
Our clients have two very young children so we have been working with our fireplace installer to create a custom screen that can be installed to prevent anyone from touching the glass
Flatscreen TV positioned above the fireplace that can be comfortably viewed throughout the large family room
Left wall of the room consists of wall panelling that is stained in walnut
The flooring is dark stained and wide plank (10 inch)
We really love the fresh contemporary look of this design; let us know what you think!
This purpose of this cost report is to help you understand the cost required to replace a roof. There is no one average house in Toronto or any one type of roof. For the purposes of our report, we are using a 1,800 square foot home found in many areas of North Toronto (as pictured below). We will outline the cost for a quality installation done by a professional roofing contractor.
The average Toronto homeowner should expect to pay between $10,000-$11,000 for a well-installed, asphalt roof in a downtown home of 1800 square feet. This amount would include materials, labour and the cost of disposal of the existing shingles. This includes quality underlayment below the shingles that acts as waterproof membrane. This would be installed on the critical areas and it is often suggested that this membrane is installed on the entire roof. The additional cost at the time of installation is well worth it.
The small details that go into a well installed roof is the difference between a $5,000 low ball quote and $10,000 well installed professional roofing job
There could be small incremental cost increases or options if you select a limited lifetime architectural shingle (average one has a 25 year life). An increase to limited lifetime would result in a cost increase of 10%, $1000 (worth while), for a total of $11,000.
There are a number of critical areas (in and around the eaves, skylights, valleys) that are particularly vulnerable to problems. These would be areas that get treated differently if you go for a standard $5,000 roof from a lesser known roofer or a $11,000 quality architectural shingle from a well-known commercial roofer.
The pitch (or degree of slope) come into to play, as well. Steeper roofs are more difficult to work on and will cost more. Very low pitched roofs require a special low sloped roof and should include a protective underlayment of ice and watershield. The “typical Toronto” roof would have a 9 ½ pitch.
If Repairing Your Roof Is An Option
When having your a roof repaired, it is in the best interest of the homeowner to repair it in sections, so that the entire section can be warrantied. Rather than just a very localized patch, replace a full section of the roof. This way you have your peace of mind knowing this entire section will be set for the next 25 years. For instance, homes commonly incur south and westside roof damage due to the direction of the sun, so these sections can be replaced wholly on their own by entire section. This approach to repairs will extend the overall life of your roof.
As you can see, depending on the extent of work you would like to do to your roof , the cost of the job can vary. We would suggest that if you are looking into standard roof replacement, work with a quality shingle and work with a well-known roofer (commercial, well-reviewed, etc). The underlayment and other details will add to the intial cost, but in our opinion, will make for a roof that will perform much better. Finally, if you are repairing your roof, be sure to do it in sections for warranty purposes and for your own peace of mind.
The Walden Team
Information for this report was provided by Phil Gilmore from Raymore Exteriors Corp.
All architects have their own unique style. Looking at homes that are modern or contemporary in design, we can identify 8 core elements that many architects will use. In each of these beautifully designed homes, we are looking at a number of techniques that architects have incorporated:
1 - Contrasting colours: Notice in these homes the contrasting colours, especially with dark windows and lighter coloured wall facing.
2- Textured surfaces: Stone or brick that meets up with a smooth surface. These textured surface types are often found in contemporary home design, despite being traditional materials.
3- Lines: Straight and horiztonal lines make strong statements, accentuating the width, while vertical lines will accentuate the height of the home.
4- Canopy over entry: The door canopies are central features that can extend into bands that run across the house.
5- Use of Glass: Large floor to ceiling windows and glass doors are common. Notice the placement of windows that include mullions which configure the larger windows into smaller sections.
6-Symmetry: In this styple of architecture you do not see houses that are symmetrical (balanced). A symmetry is typical.
7-Feature wall or Feature element: With all the glass, the designs often incorporate a solid element (stone wall, large paneled bay window, stone chimney). These are meant to anchor the house and give it a sense of permanence or a connection to the surrounding.
8- Flat roof: This provides the box effect. Most modern designed homes feature flat roofs, but this not a rule. Even if the house has a sloped roof, you will find flat elements in the project above the eaves or soffit line - box bay windows or box dormer windows.
Have we missed anything? Which of these elements are your favorite when it comes to design?
This hallway looks and feels wider than it actually is. The open rise stair creates a sense of space and the natural light flows in through the window sidelights at the end of the hallway, which can make the staircase feel nearly transparent. How much of an affect does this have in this home? Just imagine a solidstaircase cutting off the view.
One of the constant challenges we work with in Toronto is that most lots are long and narrow. Houses by default can also feel long, narrow and dark. Creating a light funnel down the center of the house is a great way to brighten things up and an open staircase like the one pictured here is one technique that we like to use when renovating or building our new custom homes.
Living room renovations are exciting because of the prevalence of open spaces. Living rooms often spill into kitchens and dining rooms so their styles should complement one another, rather than clash. Learn more about living room renovation and design here!
Do you want to spruce up your living room? Take a look at these homes to inspire your next living room renovation.
1. This contemporary living room keeps it simple, while still exuding class and style.
3. This collection of living spaces do the same thing well – they transition between living, dining, and kitchen spaces with ease. The rooms fit so well into one another that the switch between rooms is barely noticeable.
In neighbourhoods all around Toronto, we see dark colours on the exterior of new and renovated homes. Windows are finished in black or another dark tone. The windows that we installed in this home we renovated are a dark midnight blue.
The stucco we installed is a deep, very bold grey. The front door is frosted glass and very modern. What was once a very nondescript 1980's home is now a contemporary twist with some classical architectural elements [click here see before image].
Look around your neighbourhood and look for the dark exteriors. They are popping up more and more.
More and more clients are using the words “clean and simple” do describe their style preference. These words as they extend into various elements of a renovation require different building techniques.
Take this shower, for example. What we are looking at is a curb-less shower, one where the floor of the washroom and floor of the shower are continuous. This creates a seamless clean appearance as well as better accessibility.
There are a number of technical challenges to building a cureless shower – one that does not flood the washroom floor or create ongoing water leakage to the room below.
We’ve worked closely with a number of design partners as well as our tile installation contractor and plumbing contractor to devise a cost effective approach to creating a seamless shower floor.
How do you feel about a curb-less shower? Would you incorporate this design in your home?
The Summers Are Getting Hotter. What are your options and how much will it cost to cool your home?
At Walden Homes, we understand that it can be difficult to do your research when it comes to finding out what the costs are for average home improvement projects. This blog post is the first in a new series that is meant to provide an average measure for homeowners to better get an idea of their budget.
To keep things simple, we will be using the following home as a “typical Toronto home” which readers can use as a measure to scale up or down from. This home pictured is roughly 20′ x 40′ in length. So 800 sq ft per floor. Overall it is 1,600 square feet plus the basement, making it around 2,400 sq. ft.
This post researches the costs of cooling our “typical home” during Toronto’s hot summer months. As the weather temperatures increase, more and more Torontonians are looking to stay cool when they are indoors. But what’s the average cost?
CENTRAL AIR (on existing forced air) - 3,000 sq. foot home
In a home that already has existing duct work in place, you would expect to pay $3,400 to $3,600 for the cooling equipment. If ductwork is required, the cost of installation will increase by $6,000 to $7,000.
This means that if you home currently has no existing ductwork , you would expect to pay something in the neighbourhood of $9,400 to $10,600 for the system and installation. There would be additional costs for “boxing” or closing up and finishing the areas where the ducting has been installed.
This can add another $4,000 to $5,000. Adding a forced air system with cooling will cost $13,000 to $16,000 factoring in all costs.
Central air is one of the more cost-effective routes to take, assuming that you have existing ductwork. If ductwork needs to be added, it may make more sense from a cost perspective to go with another system.
A Hi-Velocity system is an energy-efficient, high-pressure air delivery system that can be designed to provide heating, cooling, filtration, ventilation, humidification and dehumidification. It is popular in older homes with radiators that do not have ductwork. High velocity systems operate with “mini ducts” that are designed to be installed inside existing walls with minimal remodeling.
High velocity systems are a good option for those of you living in older homes with no pre-existing ductwork.. Our typical home would require a 2.5 ton system to cool the home. The cost of the equipment (cooling only) and installation is between $15,000 to $18,000. There should be minimal additional costs for repairs to walls and ceilings.
MINI SPLITS (SPLIT AIR CONDITIONING):
A ductless, mini-split system makes a good retrofit add-on to a house with a “non-ducted” heating systems such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters. They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible. It is also good for very efficient new homes that only require a small space conditioning system.
The units cost between $ 3,000 and $7,000 to purchase and install. Our typical home could be cooled using a single head system. The cost would be $4,000 to $5,000..
Geothermal technology is one of the most efficient and advanced ways to extract energy out of the ground to better heat or cool your home and save on your energy bill. It doesn’t need a compressor or a cooling component because it uses an extraction method from the ground and a fan to circulate through the house.
The cost to install a geothermal system installed is about $20,000 compared to the average $9,600 for installing a conventional forced air furnace and cooling system. The annual savings with earth-energy systems can range from 75-80% on your heating bill. Payback on the system can be reached after about three to five years after installationA geothermal system is about $20,000 compared to the average $9,600 for installing a conventional furnace system. The annual savings with earth-energy systems usually begin three years after installation.
We hope this information proves useful for you over the next hot couple months!
Renovations are always exciting, but they can often be difficult to live through. Observe how these Walden Homes clients are living through their renovations.
1- In the photo above, you’ll notice a small rear addition is in the process of getting framed. The main floor has been completely gutted out, but the homeowners are still living there. The space is being reworked to enlarge the kitchen and create larger, flexible use spaces.
Over the winter the Walden team worked to underpin and re-finished their basement. We added space below the main floor extension as well as below the concrete porch to the side of the addition. They had full use of the main floor during the first phase.
During the 2nd phase, the family is currently living on the 2nd floor and using their brand new basement.
The overall project is taking longer because it is being done in 2 phases – but with 3 young children they felt that it would be less disruptive overall to stay in the house – rather than move out completely.
We will keep you up to date on the overall progress of this project with updates along the way.