Remodel in southern NH
Having started down this path in RI a couple of years ago and pulled the plug we’re now about to purchase a 1600 sq/ft gambrel style home in southern NH and do some remodelling.
It’s a 1986 construction, 2×6 exterior walls (presumably with batt insulation), original wood framed double pane windows, vinyl siding, oil fired baseboard heat, no A/C, electric hot water. I’m planning a phased remodel, starting with re-doing the kitchen and half bath on the 1st floor as soon as we get the keys.
The oil boiler is a 2 year old, 86% efficient unit so I have no intention of touching that. Electric water heater is getting a bit long in the tooth so I will likely look to replace that with a 50 gallon Geospring and benefit from any rebates/credits that are available.
I don’t have any numbers for heating costs, and any that might be available would be from an elderly couple who used to live in the property and therefore might be significantly higher than an average family? We will add a wood burning stove which will be located on the 1st floor with the stove pipe exposed to the room and exiting through the west facing wall towards the ceiling in order to maximise the heat generated.
On the 1st floor I want to add a window on the west facing wall to bring light into the new kitchen, replace the existing french style patio door with a slider and then replace and simultaneously relocate 3 windows on the north facing wall overlooking the back yard. I just got a quote for Intus windows and they seem pretty reasonable given the performance numbers, although I might have to forego my plan to add a door from a newly created mudroom to the back yard given the Intus quote of over $3000!
A couple of questions I have for right now:
1. Would it be worth taking down the dry wall on the exterior walls where I’m remodelling to replace the insulation, or would I be better served looking to apply a layer of rigid foam to the exterior at some point in the future?
2. The french door on the north wall that I want to replace with a slider opens into a three season room that is glazed on all sides (3′ south facing, 12′ west facing, 16′ north facing, 12′ east facing) and has actually been quite warm when we’ve viewed the property over the last couple of weeks. To that end my assumption is that I don’t need to worry quite as much about the performance numbers for the slider because it is already sheltered from any direct wind, doesn’t receive any direct sunlight, and benefits from solar gain due to the south and westerly glazing. Am I making the proverbial “ass of u and me” with my thinking?
Any thoughts on those two items would be greatly appreciated.
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