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The first order of business that had to be addressed was the severe termite infestation. This was so widespread that one third of the house was infested from floor to ceiling. The least toxic and yet effective form of controlling the infestation was fumigation. While there are other alternatives that use microwave, electricity and freezing temperatures, they don't act as efficiently nor do they guarantee the complete elimination of the termites. My experience has been that these methods require repeated applications and the recurrence of termites is common within one year's time.
Then next thing was to start the demolition and redesign the Kitchen. Here are some before pictures...
This is what the kitchen and living room look like stripped to the studs.
The kitchen wall was lowered to open the floor plan between the living room and the kitchen. In this photo you can also see the new electrical installation and in far wall, the new red waterlines for the European style baseboard heating system.
Here the roof was framed with a grid of 2x4s to accommodate the rigid insulation. It gets closed in with 1/2 OSB board with a radiant barrier laminated to it's underside to reflect 97% of the radiant heat back into the house in the Winter and it also reflects 97% of the radiant heat away from the house in the Summer.
This picture shows the modified bitumen roofing membrane installed with the stanchions for the Photovoltaic Array and the Solar Collectors for the swimming pool.
The insulation I intended to use was a radiant barrier foil. The supplier told me that it would work very efficiently on the exterior walls of the house under the sheetrock. Unfortunately, the building inspector's building code does not recognize the reflective material as insulation. It carries no "R" value.
So I opted for an "environmentally safe" option that was available at a local retailer. It says "Health, Safety and Quality" on the packaging. There are other types of insulation but at such short notice this was the best option and it offers an R value of 13!
With the sheetrock installed the rooms start to take shape. I had the windows "wrapped" with sheetrock to copy the original clean architectural lines around them.
Here the Kitchen and Master Bedroom are shown primed with a low VOC primer.
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