Using adaptive reuse techniques and high tech construction methods, This Old House helps to restore and renovate older houses in Massachusetts. Their projects are all about adding livable space to an existing home. They tackle basement remodeling, kitchen renovation, attic makeover, and more. They are known for their expertise in rehabbing old houses. They are also famous for their involvement in the restoration of the historic Conch Captain’s House in Key West, Florida. This year they are also headed to Silver Lake, California to renovate an antique Victorian cottage.
The project is also about collaboration, as students work together to design, build, and decorate a small house. They also use math and problem solving skills to complete this activity. They design a tiny house with measurements and other calculations, then cut and paste major sections of the house. After the construction is completed, they create a 3D model and furnish it. They also write a short explanation of the object they have built.
The project combines the concepts of sustainable design and building construction, and a focus on relationships and collaboration. This includes integrating multiple platforms, such as building a tiny house, a 3D model of the house, and designing a garden.
The goal is to develop sustainable low-income housing that is affordable and environmentally friendly. The concept is designed to help young adults with care experience move into independent living, and provide them with supportive and outcome-focused peer support. The National House Project supports local authorities in setting up House Projects and provides expert advice and guidance. They offer small groups of young people the opportunity to build homes that will become their own. They also provide peer-support, and develop the skills they need to live independently.
The project is also about sustainability, as natural building materials adsorb airborne pollutants and control relative humidity. They also use a reduced palette of materials. They select materials in response to the existing building and context. They use a functional approach, with the largest windows facing out to the garden. They have selected a building that is historic and has a lot of character. They have also overcome challenges related to permits, funding, and weather.
The project is also about collaboration, especially as they work with Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds houses in Hopkinton, New Hampshire and Lexington, Massachusetts. They have also worked with Laura Ashley, Julia Child, and Ethan Allen. They are also working with the Boston Public Facilities Department on an abandoned triple-decker.
The House project is one of the National House Project’s flagship programs. It is also the oldest, having begun around 1860. They have tackled some of the most important renovations in Boston and outside of Massachusetts. They have renovated several old homes, including an antique colonial farmhouse, an 1835 barn, a top floor flat in London, a shotgun double, and an eighteenth century Arts and Crafts style church. The biggest challenge was to create a design that met the client’s requirements for an industrial aesthetic while still being functional.