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Spring Street Renovation / Newport, R.I.

Spring Street Renovation / Newport, R.I.

  • BEFORE: The original structure was a small Depression-era cottage.

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    BEFORE: The original structure was a small Depression-era cottage.

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    BEFORE: The original structure was a small Depression-era cottage.

  • AFTER: By adding a gable, dormers, and a small amount of height to the existing footprint, the new building stands tall among its Victorian-era neighbors.

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    AFTER: By adding a gable, dormers, and a small amount of height to the existing footprint, the new building stands tall among its Victorian-era neighbors.

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    AFTER: By adding a gable, dormers, and a small amount of height to the existing footprint, the new building stands tall among its Victorian-era neighbors.

  • The homes efficient floor plan makes the best use of its 1,745 square feet. Its high-performance upgrades brought its HERS rating to 71

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    The homes efficient floor plan makes the best use of its 1,745 square feet. Its high-performance upgrades brought its HERS rating to 71

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    The home’s efficient floor plan makes the best use of its 1,745 square feet. Its high-performance upgrades brought its HERS rating to 71

  • The house is located in a historic, high-density residential area of Newport, R.I., within walking distance to stores, parks, schools, and restaurants.

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    The house is located in a historic, high-density residential area of Newport, R.I., within walking distance to stores, parks, schools, and restaurants.

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    The house is located in a historic, high-density residential area of Newport, R.I., within walking distance to stores, parks, schools, and restaurants.

  • The maple flooring was locally harvested.

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    The maple flooring was locally harvested.

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    The maple flooring was locally harvested.

  • The guest bedroom opens onto a small deck.

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    The guest bedroom opens onto a small deck.

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    The guest bedroom opens onto a small deck.

 

This LEED-Gold project expertly demonstrates that a renovation can be both historically appropriate and highly sustainable. High-density spray foam insulation, Energy Star appliances and windows, WaterSense-rated plumbing fixtures, and a high-performance HVAC system are just some of the products A4 Architecture + Planning used to enhance the efficiency of this 80-year-old home.

Even more than its modern upgrades, the judges appreciated the way architect Ross S. Cann retained the home’s original character. “It really fits with the fabric of the neighborhood,” one said.