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Understanding these materials and methods helps determine the viability of a remodel and allows for a more straight-forward decision making process.
Here are a few common characteristics of MCM homes: The foundations are solid- enough to support a second story addition (when desired), the framing is usually in good shape- which is easy to supplement, and there is quite often pre-existing stone work and other textures- which is desirable to retain during the remodel and would be expensive to replicate on a new home. The electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems have been working hard for nearly 60 years and it’s time to update them.
Although it feels like there are a lot of stages, they tend to seamlessly flow together and have been created to effectively use (and minimize) our client’s valuable time.
Here goes: Assessing the Existing Home Along with a general walk-through, taking a peak in the attic and crawl space tells us quite a bit about the state of the home.
A few strategies are to improve the amount of natural daylight entering the home, preserve/ enhance existing textures and re-skin the house in an MCM complimentary material like a stained T&G clear cedar siding.
Wherever, wall and ceiling cavities are opened up, it’s highly recommended to install new insulation.
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Typically, MCM homes simply used “field-built windows”- that is, large inoperable panes of glass stopped-into place with wood trim.
So, another bonus of updating the window package is to strategically incorporate more operable windows for proper cross-ventilation, while maintaining that open feel to the outdoors.