Deep energy retrofit experiences
My family is relocating back to Massachusetts from the Midwest and we’re there for the long haul, so we’re going to buy our first home. I’d always planned on building, but after looking at the cost of land in the towns we’re interested in and talking with high-quality green contractors and the green prefab companies in New England, it turns out my cost expectations were unrealistic. A new, well-built green home around 2,500 square feet (plus the cost of land) ends up somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars, and I don’t feel comfortable spending that.
A note – I know you can do it for cheaper, but my wife and I are professionals with children and we work full-time and have no experience or interest in construction, so doing the work ourselves is off the table. Additionally, we’re not going to build a swimming pool or buy a $10,000 Wolf Range or Subzero freezer, but we’ve looked at trim and design options and it all quickly adds up.
Instead, I’ve been reading more about DERs, and while they don’t always make immediate financial sense, they seem like a way to help my family get to a house we’ll be happy with. There are many houses where we’re looking that run ~$500K, so dropping another 150K for new windows, siding insulation, roof, and HVAC to get a comfortable, healthy house seems like an attractive option.
Does anyone here have direct experience in performing a DER, in New England or elsewhere? Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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