At NJW, your room addition contractors, we understand the importance in building an addition strategically to ensure it is as efficient as possible in every way.
When we begin a room addition we make sure the walls are insulated inside and out: inside with full cavity pack insulation, and outside with standard house wrap.
Before You Build More
Before you add on to your home, we can help you make the absolute best use of the space you have. Can you reconfigure the home by knocking out a wall to open up a space? Can you re-assign rooms to more purposeful spaces, such as turning a formal living room into an office or media/family room? If these changes aren’t enough, will a simple bump-out provide enough room to accommodate your needs? If the answer is no, then plan an addition that takes up only the space you need.
Avoid over-building. Bigger spaces use more energy — and they require more of your personal energy for upkeep. How much space do you really need? If you plan accordingly you can size the space exactly for your needs… keeping the space more efficient in both cost and energy.
Do it right the first time. Invest as much as you can in this new addition. It’s better to put more features into a smaller space to make it as efficient as possible.
Here are some additional ideas that can make your remodeling project or room addition a bit “greener”:
Reclaim Your Floors
Renewable, durable, and versatile, reclaimed wood is recycled — no new trees are chopped down for your floors.
Store the Sun’s Rays
Passive solar design captures the sun’s energy to keep interiors toasty and save you energy costs. Concrete floors and thick interior walls made of concrete, brick, or plaster soak up heat during the day and release it at night when sunlight goes away or your cozy fire goes out. That helps stabilize temp fluctuations and makes a room — or house — more comfortable.
Sun Gets In, Heat Stays Out
Let the sun shine with patio doors made of low-E tempered glass, which has a special coating that increases energy efficiency. Sunlight shines in, but low-E glass suppresses heat flow, reducing energy loss by as much as 50%.
Contact NJW to help you with your next energy efficient room addition, we can help plan your space with you! We currently build in Westerville, Worthington, Whitehall, Upper Arlington, Powell, Pickerington, New Albany, Lancaster, Hilliard, Gahanna, Dublin, Bexley, Columbus and all of Central Ohio.