We take pride in creatively adapting historic structures to new uses and incorporating high-tech, environmentally sustainable methods.  When working with the unique architecture of older buildings, we strive to celebrate the original design and materials without being restricted by historic technologies.

Most of the historic buildings we restore were originally designed to be both pleasing to the eye and as comfortable as possible, given the available technology of the time. Rooms are often well-lit, airy, and well-appointed, with nice windows, high ceilings and adequate, nicely-proportioned trim, handmade fireplaces, doors, and the like. While generally comfortable during spring and fall, old buildings can often be drafty and hard to heat in winter and difficult to cool during the summer months.

As an example of combining historical accuracy and modern amenities, the room in the photo above, a Shaker-inspired new-construction addition, uses a blend of old and new technology. It features airy 9-foot ceilings, nicely-appointed windows and doors, well-proportioned trim, and good use of natural light. The well-insulated 2x6 stud walls feature exterior housewrap, interior vapor barrier, and modern code-compliant wiring. The room is heated and cooled by geothermal technology. The floor is recycled, and the window sashes, casings, and trim are all exact replicas, matching the rest of the original circa-1840s house. New exterior storm windows were also installed.

A geothermal furnace in an 1830s farm house

Custom cabinetry made from recycled wood
Installing solar panels on an 1880s timber frame barn

Please click the links below to see examples of innovations and retrofits:

Solar Panels

Warm Zones



Passive Solar

Innovations and Retrofits