Additions

Most contractors build additions the way they’ve always done them — 2×4’s and fiberglass insulation.  This is cheap to construct, but costly to heat and cool.  Warwick aging-in-place house afterWith 5 sides exposed to outdoor air (3 walls, a roof and underneath), quite often, these additions are cold and drafty (or hot and stifling in the summer).  Brusco Design & Renovation always insulates their additions and room conversions, such that, our clients’ energy bills actually go down, even with the increased living space.

Sam Brusco pays a lot of attention to these details, because when he was 7 his family coverted a porch to a family room.  To this day, that room in his mother’s house is freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer, because nothing can be done about it.

An aging-in-place garage conversion to family room with laundry in Warwick, RI, which encompasses:

  • design (with 3-D computer modeling),
  • changing an existing non-habitable space into a living space
  • with a laundry area and a convenient gas fireplace,
  • a kitchen renovation,
  • moving the dining room to the front of the house and opening up the wall it shares with the kitchen,
  • Aging-in-Place (Universal Design / safety) features throughout,
  • structural reinforcement,
  • and green building with the new room being 50% better insulated than required by code.  They went from paying an average of $900 for oil per year to $300 for natural gas.

An energy-efficient addition in the Edgewood section of Cranston, RI, which encompasses:

  • design (with 3-D computer modeling),
  • an addition made from Structural Insulated Panels SIPs,
  • a kitchen renovation,
  • a new master bedroom,
  • a new master bathroom,
  • a dream closet,
  • Aging-in-Place (Universal Design / safety) features throughout,
  • structural reinforcement,
  • and green building (their heating bills actually went down after increasing their living space by 20%)
An energy-efficient conversion in Smithfield, RI, that changed a “freezing sauna” into a three-season room:
  • design (with photo editing software),
  • reinforcement of the existing structure,
  • replacing all the windows after deleting 2 of them,
  • insulating all 5 exposed sides of the room with Icynene spray foam,
  • Aging-in-Place (Universal Design / safety) features,
  • and green building (no new heat source;  passive solar energy warms the room for almost year-round use)