Downtown Transformation

Deep Energy Retrofit


Private Client




Portsmouth, NH


The redesign of this circa 1960 ranch leverages an upgrade of the building envelope into a unique, twenty-first-century house that exceeds energy performance standards.  Two simple concepts drove the transformation: a reconceived entrance and a front porch with presence.

Because the original entrance area was tight and disruptive to the flow of the interior space, relocating it created a more generous entry experience with better access and continuity. A new kitchen that replaces upper cabinets with windows onto the back deck creates a bright space opening onto the main living area. The new front porch with natural wood finish creates a comfortable, tactile gathering space; provides a welcoming approach to the new entrance; and protects the interior space from intense afternoon sun exposure.

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