Video: Fine Homebuilding Transforms 80-Year-Old Home With Energy, Aesthetic Upgrades

Fine Homebuilding magazine recently completed its 2020-2021 demonstration home, the magazine’s first remodeled show house, in Greenwich, Conn. The 80-year-old house underwent a transformation that included a dramatic modernization in style and a deep energy retrofit.

Fine Homebuilding, TruExterior Siding, poly-ash siding, Channel siding, Shiplap siding

The team updated the home’s layout, opening it up inside and infusing it with a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. The team tackled the homeowners’ desire for high performance through a range of details, including air-sealing, insulation, and mechanical systems, with a goal of net-zero energy and Passive House performance.

The original cedar exterior was transformed by TruExterior Shiplap Channel siding in a vertical orientation and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Glacier White to complete the Modern Farmhouse look. TruExterior’s reversible Shiplap-Nickel Gap profile provides a finishing touch on the gable around the balcony door and on the porch ceiling.

Porch of Fine Homebuilding show house featuring TruExterior poly-ash siding

“TruExterior is really unlike any other siding or trim material on the market,” said Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink. “It cuts and handles just like wood, but it’s more durable, more temperature stable than PVC, and it takes paint beautifully.”

See the façade installation in this short video:

The façade also features Eldorado Stone masonry veneer installed over a fluid-applied weather-resistive barrier.

TruExterior poly-ash siding and Eldorado Stone on Fine Homebuilding's Connecticut remodel

See all of the building science and aesthetic details of the Fine Homebuilding House to learn on the show home’s website.

TruExterior poly-ash siding on Fine Homebuilding's Connecticut remodel

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