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Tour our home renovation after a fire: "A new Star is born"

March 05, 2012 | Helene McQuaide

renovation after a fire by Regis McQuaide of Master RemodelersLast July 16th, my family tragically lost our home, possessions and two beloved dogs to a house fire. It was a painful experience for all of us, but our neighbors and friends showed us their amazing compassion in so many ways. We have removed the charred remains and created a visionary plan. Come see our mid-point progress on our renovation after a fire. It incorporates state-of-the-art products, technology and Energy Star features.

We're calling the open house "A new Star is born" because it's about working toward certification as an ENERGY STAR® Qualified Home during our rebuild.

stories about renovation after a fire A little background

If you’d like to find out a bit more about our journey up to this point, it is featured in a Table magazine story in their current Spring issue.

We also have a photo gallery on Facebook, that tells the story in pictures—before, during, and since the fire. And a Facebook Event page for you to RSVP.

It will be updated regularly as we move toward completion in late summer and have our second renovation tour featuring our finished home. We can't wait to get to that point!

UPDATE: Read the article about the Tour in the Pittsburgh Business Times of April 19... and a 2013 article in The Tribune Review.

Our work-in-progress Open House & Tour

home renovation after a fire story about remodeling contractors homeOur first of two Open House & Tour events will be on April 1st and 2nd from 1-5 pm each day—revealing the ‘building science’ component of our mission: “Advancing the art and science of living.” This will celebrate our work-in-progress and allow you to see the planning, engineering and hidden detail involved in this renovation.

Our renovation after a fire features a new kitchen and family room addition, many ‘green’ energy-saving technologies, innovative products and more. During mid-reconstruction you will see what’s ‘behind the scenes’—behind the walls, under the floors, overhead, and ‘coming soon’ in this innovative rebuild—and the result of assembling a unique team of experts for this project. Meet these members of our planning, design and building team partnership, too.

Not just another pretty face: ENERGY STAR science too

Our renovated home will include many beautiful design features, what we call the ‘art‘ of home renovation. As important as these ‘art’ features are for our home, we are reaching for the cutting edge ‘science’ of certification as an "ENERGY STAR Qualified Home," which syncs with our Sustainability mission.

“Walking the (green) talk,” the futuristic and ‘green’ features being built into our home include a cost- and energy-saving shallow-wall foundation, a super insulated SIPs panel roof system, Energy Star appliances, a high-velocity HVAC system, low-flow water heads, recycled and reclaimed products, sound absorption panels, hydronic/radiant heating system and high U-factor windows and doors.

The combination of these technologies allows us to have HVAC units only 1/3 the size of the units before the fire, saving us upfront costs and greatly reducing energy costs in the future.

renovation after a fire — the Open House sponsorsPlease join us April 1st and 2nd

To celebrate our family’s rebuild—of our home and our lives—and find out about this truly unique remodel. Light, but tasty refreshments provided! (e.g. Burnt Almond Torte!)

Thanks to our sponsors and partners on this project:

Sponsors: Kohler, Marvin Windows and Doors, Miele, the Pittsburgh suppliers who provide these products: Crescent Baths & Kitchens, Don's Appliances and Brookside Lumber

Our Design Team Partners, working with our in-house designer, Junko Higashibeppu; Phyllis Gricus, landscape designer and writer; Rob Hosken, architect and building performance specialist; Rachel Pavilack, interior designer, member ASID


Tags: Remodeling Technologies, Picking a Remodeling Contractor, Remodeling Case Studies, Sustainability/Efficiency

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