This is a home in North Vancouver that was originally built in 1958.  The owners, architect Jim Paul and landscape architect Nancy Paul, acquired the home and invested in a significant overhaul that salvaged or retained 75-80% of the original fabric and materials.  The result is a post and beam style, Pacific Northwest modern home that’s also a nice case study for renovating an aged structure.

First and foremost, the Pauls wanted the exposed post and beam look, but they didn’t necessarily want to use something precious or scarce like Douglas Fir.  With James Paul also acting as architect and builder, they used common spruce and pine where new framing material was added.

589 Lucerne Place was reconfigured to include two offices and bedrooms for a family of five.  The upper level is the “adult” zone with the offices, a master bedroom, family room and principal living spaces, while the lower level is the “kid” zone with three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a recreation/sun room.

In order to conserve energy, 589 Lucerne has increased envelope insulation, a high-efficiency gas furnace and water heater, low E window glazing, large windows and skylights for natural illumination, thoughtful overhangs, CFLs and LEDs, and lighting on dimmers and timers.  Natural gas usage related to space heating and hot water was reduced by 49%.

The remodeled wall has several layers for a total R value of 21.5, which exceeds code by 50%, according to James Paul.  Specifically, below the horizontal cedar siding, there’s vertical strapping, two layers of building paper, and 3/4″ polystyrene insulation that shrouds the existing cedar siding composed of building paper, fir sheathing, wood studs, and R14 mineral fiber insulation batts.

To facilitate groundwater recharge, hidden rain gutters direct water through gravel drainage swales that surround the home.  The entire renovation was completed in 2008 for about $125 per square foot Canadian.

Some of the specific products used include Velux skylights, Benjamin Moore Natura paint, Lennox HRV, Rheem hot water heater, Flextherm radiant heating, Roxul insulation, Dow extruded polystyrene, Lutron lighting controls, and DalTile flooring.

[+] More about this Lucerne Place case study at James Paul Architect.

Photo credits: James Paul.