Architecture firm AlexAllen Studio stripped the exterior of this dilapidated house in New Paltz, New York, and replaced it with a low-maintenance facade that drastically improves the home's energy efficiency using an ancient Japanese building technique.
The original house was designed by architect John Bloodgood in the 1970’s. It was clad in T-111 siding and had no insulation. It also needed better mechanical systems, as well as a new roof and windows. The owner commissioned AlexAllen Studio to give the structure a makeover and upgrade it with low-maintenance materials.
The architects proposed Shou-Sugi Ban wood siding in combination with a more cost effective fiber cement panel for the facade. The wooden siding is manufactured using an ancient Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring its surface. Bug and rot resistant, the material weathers well over time and requires little maintenance. The team also introduced a layer of insulation under the siding, replaced the existing openings with triple-glazed windows, and added sun screens to protect the interior from the elements.
Photos by Alan Tansey