NEW AMERICAN HOME REMODEL 2018
Located just outside of downtown Orlando, The New American Remodel 2018 demonstrates the countless possibilities for a 1930s home to be completely transformed using today’s products and building techniques. The two-story, traditional style home will maintain much of its original design, while the team from Farina & Sons, Inc. integrates a comprehensive renovation to enhance the home’s beauty, comfort and efficiency.
Built in the 1930’s and designed by Harold Hair, this traditional home boasts a long history in a quaint setting. Nested in historic downtown Orlando, this 2 story traditional home is located in a celebrated location with a growing community. Through the combination of classical architectural elements with cutting edge products, this new American home remodel aims to strike a balance between tradition and modernity.
By marrying the current low ceilings with an open and expanded plan, the home will be able to maintain its sense of tradition while flowing seamlessly into a fresh traditional estate design. Although many of the homes elements such as wiring, duct work and plumbing need to be replaced, classic elements such as the original wood flooring and iron work will remain in order to preserve the style of the home overall. While maintaining most of the original structure, new additions such as an outdoor living area, 3-car garage with a bonus room and summer kitchen will revitalize the space. Placement of various elements such as the columns and brick work will form a flawless façade for onlookers to admire.
80-YEAR-OLD HOME TRANSFORMING INTO IMPRESSIVE IBS EXHIBIT
Set to debut during the NAHB International Builders’ Show, The New American Remodel 2018 is undergoing a comprehensive remodel that includes all-new products, technology and additions. The home was built in 1937 with a simple floorplan and Italian-luminesce design. Over the years, several additions were made, but those portions of the property were among the first things to go during the renovation. “We want to capitalize on the good [design elements of the home] and take away the bad,” said Caron Farina, head of advertising for the project’s builder, Farina & Sons . Their goal, she said, is to create a home for a “real-life family,” as well as provide other remodelers and builders with ideas to incorporate into their own projects. It will also illustrate just how much more efficient a home can be by using today’s building products and techniques.
Drew Smith of Two Trails Inc. , the project’s green building consultant, said the original home scored a whopping 125 on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. “It was one of the least efficient homes we’ve ever measured,” Smith said. That will certainly change when the project wraps up. Smith estimates the final HERS Index score of the home will be well under 60 — meaning it will be more energy efficient that roughly half of all standard new homes.