I bought the shell of a house on Mascoma River and we are starting the renovation plans for both the store and our residence. This was the site of the ‘Leviston House’, built in 1858 and the associated Tannery which was documented both in pictures and books about Enfield, NH.
I’m including some pictures here and many more can be found at this flickr site. We have many months of work to do to renovate this building as it is completely demolished inside — no pipes, no wires, no walls, and only two of the walls have windows, doors and siding. The other two sides have holes for windows and no siding.
My Goal is to make this house a “zero energy building” (ZEB). A ZEB is a building in which the amount of energy used is equal to the amount produced over the course of a year. We will use solar energy to provide heat and may be able to use other alternative energy as well to produce the electricity we need for both the Energy Emporium store and our home.
Since this building is just a shell we have the opportunity to insulate and seal it really well, which is required as the first step towards ZEB. If you want to use renewable resources in New England to heat a building you have to start with a super well-insulated shell. We are designing for R40 walls, R80 ceiling, and R10 windows and doors.
At this point we have had our first meeting with Murphy Cell-Tech who is consulting on the thermal envelope and will help integrate the design of the energy, heating, cooling, and water systems in the house in order to meet the ZEB goals.
Next steps are for us to finalize on the interior layout and get the structural work going. There are a number of areas we need to shore up before we seal the envelope. Once we have the interior layout, the Cell-Tech team can model the air flow and heat/cooling requirements.
And here is what it looks like today: