This Evanston ranch house is currently undergoing a multi-phase construction process.
In phase one the basement was gutted. The space is designed for multiple uses, including a new guest room with full bathroom, a home theater, a play room for the children, a craft room, laundry room and utility space. All pipes were replaced and a instant hot water heater installed, improving the efficiency of the water heating exponentially.
The house is fully weatherized, with closed-cell spray foam insulation added to the exterior walls, the basement floor has an insulation layer under the new tile floor, and particular care was given to rim joists and top plates - often missed areas that make a great impact on energy savings. All windows were replaced with high efficiency, triple pane, suspended-film glazing technology and roof will be replaced in the next phases (with the addition of a second floor) with a long-lasting, light-colored metal roof. All light fixtures are energy efficient LED, including the downlight cans, with the type and number of bulbs being minimized for ease of maintenance.
Phase two (currently under construction) is an addition over the full area of the current house plus an extension for a new kitchen behind the garage. The second story will add a master suite with walk-in closet and bathroom, two additional bedrooms and the laundry/exercise room will be relocated from the basement to this level of the house. Insulation levels exceeding current requirements will be maintained in the new construction portion of the project.