Insulating a cinder block lake house in northern NJ
My wife & I bought a 750 sq ft cinder block cabin on a lake in Newton, NJ last year. It’s a great spot. The home is not well insulated & we had to shut it down for the winter this year, as the previous owner had done for years.
We had a few things done last year (new roof, new well pump, hot water heater, upgraded electrical service) but are considering making it into a year-round home, including adding on a bedroom. I am not a handyman by any stretch, & have started to do some research, but the options seems limitless.
We will be contacting local professionals for advice/ quotes, but I was wondering what are some good options for insulating & heating/ cooling a home like this. Since it is so small, I would like to be able to do something on the exterior as far as insulation/ siding. We would also replace windows, doors, etc. We would also need to replace the current old boiler (oil) & add some type of AC (either split or window units).
There is a fireplace (needs repair) & radiant heat in a couple of the rooms but it was spotty when we had the home inspected & probably needs to be repaired &/or replaced – I love the idea of radiant but not sure.
Finally there is an attached garage that is totally uninsulated which we would like to convert to usable space (since I’ll never park in there anyway). Humidity was a problem last summer throughout the house, so we’d like to improve the comfort factor.
Other than that, it’s perfect . . . but seriously, any thoughts/ ideas/ tips on how to approach this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!!!
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