What do Millennials seek in their homes?

January 25th, 2016 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

What do Millennials seek in their homes? The millennial generation is becoming an increasingly important part of the housing market. According to a 2015 National Association of Realtors study that looked at generational housing trends, Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, comprise the largest segment of the buyer market.

They’re young professionals who prefer a turnkey home that needs little or no work. They are creative, romantic buyers who want to investWhat do Millenials Seek in their homes by Connaughton Construction sweat equity and money over time. They want to put their personal stamp on the property, to add value for the future. Research shows they want sustainable construction, energy efficient homes, smart technology, updated kitchens and baths, open floor plans and home offices.

Sustainable Construction

Millennials seek to have homes that are higher energy efficient than the standard construction methods. A sustainable construction for a millennial combines an integration of the ecological, economical and social balance. These components create cost-shifting opportunities to benefit both the efficiency of the home and the builder’s bottom line.  See Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture.

Millennials seek Energy Efficiency

With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are conscious of buying homes that are green.

Today’s buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes. If the home is not already set up for energy efficiency, the Millenial buyer will factor those costs into their budgets so they can do it after they buy. Millennials are savvy on insulation levels, seasonal energy-efficiency ratios and other energy-efficiency factors.

Smart Technology

Today, buyers want to know about the home’s technology. They want to hear about the local cell service and Internet speed capability.

In some cases, a house’s appeal can be increased or diminished because of the strength of a mobile carrier’s signal or its Internet service provider options. Internet and cell service matters a lot to this generation. They’re going to ask how well the cell signal and internet service is at this location.

Updated Kitchens and Baths

They want to buy a home with new kitchen and new bath fixtures and design. New fixtures are especially important for today’s young, budget-conscious buyers.

The primary reason younger buyers seek updated kitchens and baths is because they have limited budgets. Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings. Kitchens and bathrooms are also the most expensive parts of a home to update. Young homeowners cannot afford to sink a lot of money into those areas.

While updated kitchens and bathrooms may bring in a younger crowd, remodeling costs should give a seller pause. After all, if those updates aren’t in a young buyer’s budget, they probably aren’t in a seller’s budget either.

Open Floor Plan

The kitchen has become the hangout room along with the family room. An open space that can easily transition from kitchen to TV room is high on the list of the perfect home for young buyers. In essence, the kitchen is the new living room.

Millennials are attracted to an open floor plan, rather than a layout with many small rooms dividing the home, because the younger homeowners entertain. They want people to flow through the home during gatherings, rather than be sectioned off in rooms.

Home Office

More than 13 million Americans work from home. All signs point to that trend continuing, which makes a home office important for many buyers. Home offices have vast appeal and are not just for those who work from home full time. As technology continues to make us more mobile, young buyers have more options than ever to work from home, depending on their job. Having a dedicated space is important because it will help keep them focused and concentrated on work while they are at home on a call, planning a presentation, setting up their workday or simply paying bills.

Connaughton Construction, has over 30 experience implementing many sustainable construction, energy efficiency, smart technology, updated kitchens and baths, open floor plans and home offices.

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Construction Manager We build from the Ground up

January 10th, 2016 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

How does Connaughton Construction help you get your dream home to reality? From  the ground up.

The construction process is definitely an art. There are many factors that contribute to the construction of a building. Architects and Construction managers play a vital role in the construction process, and work closely with the building owner. Let’s take a look at the role of the construction manager in the building creation process.

Preconstruction. In the preconstruction phase, the construction manager oversees the building process and works directly with the building owner. We oversee a team of builders, engineers and suppliers or tradesmen.

Three Phases of Design

While the Architect creates the first 2 phases of Design; Schematic Design and Design Development, the third phase where the Construction Drawings are finalized is where the Construction Manager gets involved in the project. We review the final specifications and materials that are detailed in the final drawings and provide estimates of time and cost of the project. Then we build the project.

Meetings. A pre-construction meeting is held with the owner, architect, construction manager, project manager, inspectors, contractors, sub-contractors to plan for the construction process. Here a plan is set for meetings, schedule control, processes, and reports.

Construction. And so it begins. As the ground breaking begins the round of construction, the Construction Manager will be onsite and is responsible for the transport of heavy equipment. We oversee the contract documentation to ensure the contractors have all the necessary permissions, tools and equipment. We make sure everything is of expected quality, on schedule and on budget.

Out of Ground. We begin clearing the site, moving the soil and ground cover and begin construction of the foundation. Again, we continue responsibility for ensuring everything is of expected quality, on time and on budget.

Topping Out.  During this phase the building frame is complete, windows are installed, roof, interior framing, and rough plumbing and electrical begin. We collect all documentation and ensure expected overall project quality, on time and on budget.

Weather Tight. Exterior siding, all doors and windows are installed, lighting, masonry, and the structure is weather and waterproof. Again, we are ensuring everything is of expected quality, on time and on budget.

Ready to Close in. The frame is inspected and the rough electrical is complete. During this stage, as the construction manager we coordinate the work of the interior contractors, furniture deliveries and equipment installers. We also review the documentation for the facility managers to prepare for occupancy.

Finish Stage. We prepare for the drywall, cabinets, carpet and fixtures. We compile all the documentation for the facility manager on behalf of the owner.

In review, Connaughton Construction, as the Construction Manager, we are the organizer and planner who manages the resources to make sure the labor, materials and equipment necessary for the construction process runs as planned.

Our best referrals are from real estate agents and architects. We’ve been building and reconstructing properties from the ground up for over 30 years. Our expertise is in the city of Boston where we know the land, the building requirements, the departments of people who need to get involved in the approval process. We work closely with architects and property owners and with them we have built our reputation as a top quality construction management custom builder. Many satisfied clients are in the heart of the city with high expectations of quality luxury buildings. We’re always ready for the next challenge.

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3 Ways to Prepare for Winter in the Northeast, Bostonians

December 24th, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

When we prepare for winter in the northeast, Bostonians go all out. We use Nest thermostat technology, icynene insulation, and heated flooring; inside and out.

NEST Thermostat Technology

NEST Thermostat Technology by Connaughton ConstructionDid you leave the house and forget to turn down the heat? Are you heading home on a warm summer day or cold winter night and would like to walk in to a comfortable environment? NEST Thermostat Technology allows you to control room temperature using a Phone App.

Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, and programs itself.

You teach NEST to save. Programming thermostats is complicated and irritating – but an un-programmed thermostat can waste 20% of your heating and cooling bill. So the Nest Thermostat programs itself. Just turn it up and turn it down. The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule. Teach it efficient temperatures for a few days and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own. The leaf appears when you are saving energy.

NEST will email you a monthly Energy Report with a summary of your energy use and tips to help you save.

We haven’t tested it out thoroughly but NEST thermostat works with other appliances such as your washer and dryer, Mercedes tells NEST when you are on your way home, it works with Dropcam cameras to see what’s going on with your smoke alarm. NEST also works with Jawbone, a wrist band to wake you up and wakes up your thermostat.

Are you  a National Grid Gas Customer in Massachusetts? You could get a $100 instant rebate. Go to this NationalGrid site. Enter your zip code, your National Grid Account number and read the Terms and Conditions for your eligibility.

Icynene Insulation

icynene spray foam insulation. Eco-friendly choices when building and remodelingIcynene insulation is a spray foam insulation for residential and commercial buildings. It helps seal air gaps, keeping moisture out and preventing mold issues. Use icynene in vented attics, unvented attics, internal walls, external walls, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings, bonus rooms, and basements. Icynene spray foam insulation can adhere to most surfaces, including steel, wood, concrete, and masonry.

ICYNENE spray foam insulation helps create healthier, more energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. Icynene spray foam insulation is effective in any climate to benefit homeowners in energy efficiency, noise reduction, moisture control and improved indoor air quality.

Radiant Floor Heating

It is easiest to install radiant heat flooring during new construction. The only way you can add a radiant floor heating system to  your existing space is by doing some level of remodelling.

Add Comfort With Heated Tile Flooring

Radiant Floor Heating. Connaughton Construction.Add heated floors to tiled kitchen and baths. Walking on warm tile floors in the middle of the winter can be a reality for many northeast homeowners. Choose radiant floor heating to make your tile flooring comfortable in any season. Just imagine a bathroom retreat, where with the touch of a button, your floors radiate warmth. The kitchen, usually set in the north end of the home, will exude warmth beneath your feet.

Heated Driveway. Use radiant heating outside under the driveway and never have to shovel the drive again.

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When we prepare for winter in the northeast, Bostonians hire Connaughton Construction to get the project managed on budget and on schedule.

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Connaughton Collection of Custom Kitchens

November 25th, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

We are proud to share with you the Connaughton Collection of Custom Kitchens. The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is a room where the family congregates. It’s a space to entertain guests.

The kitchens with marble counters, wood floors, specialized cabinets and clever automation are taking form. There are plenty of kitchen remodeling trends taking shape that will surely be in style come 2016.

Our goal with these projects, as with all our work, is to bring our clients dreams to life.  We invite you to watch the video below to see the collection of Custom Kitchens.

Beauty. Elegance. A sense of Style. These are the words our clients hear from friends and family when they see their new kitchens.

Kitchen Lighting

Good lighting design in a kitchen is a must, as is adequate counter space and rollout shelves. In fact, LED lighting has climbed to the top of kitchen wish lists. Introducing LED lights into your kitchen is a good start, but you also need to create layers of light to make your kitchen feel warm and welcoming while also providing functional task lighting. The best way to do that is to use different types of lights. Connaughton uses recessed lighting over stove areas that take up real estate on an inner most wall of the kitchen where less natural light reaches. Cabinet lights highlight countertops with under cabinet lighting. Pendant lighting over the island add color and style and direct lighting.

White & Gray Kitchen Cabinets

With more and more homeowners going the transitional or modern route, white kitchen cabinets have started to take shape. White is the dominant color for kitchen cabinets in 2015 and most likely, will remain so next year.

Gray is quickly climbing the color ranks as some opt for a more neutral look that can match the rest of the home.

Custom Countertops

One of the more popular kitchen countertop options for 2015 and 2016 is the marble counters. The light color custom cabinets, seen in the image below, and new hardwood flooring are perfectly accented by the white italian, with subtle grey and gold veining, marble countertops by Calacatta.

Many homeowners have taken classic tradition to heart and stuck with the classic black and white look in their kitchen remodels.

Black and white kitchens tend to offset each other and give the kitchen a clean, sleek and visually appealing design. It also benefits from the tension between country and modern. In fact, hardwood floors, offer black and white kitchens an effective counterpoint to sleek cabinet materials.

Appliances

Connaughton Collection of Custom KitchensFind inspiration for a contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances by Thermador and Viking; appliances selected as used by executive chefs around the globe. Oversized side-by-side refrigerator,  a double oven, and a stove with ductless ventilation. The ductless ventilated stove was a solution Connaughton provided as a solution on a building renovation where luxury spaces exist above and below.

 

 

 

Floors

One trend that continues to be seen in luxury kitchens is the use of radiant heat. Cold marble and tile floors can be made more inviting with Radiant Floor heating.

Many luxury condominium owners are now designing their custom kitchens with Reclaimed Wood Flooring.

Technology

Connaughton Construction has brought the flat screen TV into more kitchens recently. A TV that can be neatly concealed when not in use offers both practicality and elegance.

Custom Kitchen Experts

For homeowners seeking a fresh look, our Bostonian custom kitchen design and build remodeling experts can get you started on the path to create a space with a whole new feel. Transform your kitchen into your dream kitchen and embrace a modern design that will provide efficiency and style for many years to come.

You won’t regret putting in these must-have features, but you’ll probably regret leaving them out, once it’s all finished. Let Connaughton Construction bring your imagination to life! Remodeling your kitchen not only makes one of the most used rooms in the house more lovely, it adds value to your property.


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About the Author. “Lover of all things digital – writing, SEO, websites – Carol Scalzo is the founder of Hit-the-Web Marketing where she helps businesses create significant, consistent, and valuable pieces of content. You can see more of her work at The Retail Factor, follow her on Twitter, or join her email list for businesses who want to turn their websites into lead generating machines.”

Connaughton Collection of Luxury Baths

November 17th, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

We are proud to share with you the Connaughton collection of Luxury baths. It brings us much satisfaction to make our clients dreams come true. To create their retreat. We have built many styles from simple to fancy. From the colorful to the infinity look of luxurious white marble.

We invite you to watch the video below to see the collection of Luxury Baths

The bathroom is one room we spend a lot of time.  It’s where we start or end our day. At the end of the day, for some, it becomes a retreat to escape the stress of the business day or retreat from the city.

Beauty. Elegance. A sense of Style. These are the words our clients hear from friends and family when they see their new baths.

Marble walls, Ceilings and Floors

Some unique luxury features Connaughton Construction has brought to the bathrooms are marble walls, ceilings, floors and countertops for a high end luxury look. Make marble and tile floors more inviting with Radiant Floor heating.

Technology

We’ve brought the flat screen tv into the baths, for the sport enthusiast, to catch up on the world news, or add soothing music.

Freestanding tubs

Connaughton Collection of Luxury Baths by Connaughton ConstructionFind inspiration for a contemporary bath with oversized freestanding tubs. A claw footed tub offers a classic, high end look. A jetted tub is ideal for a relaxing retreat where you can unwind.

Custom Showers

Frameless glass shower enclosures create a spacious area. Double size spa showers with european shower heads with multiple settings for that spa-like feel. High end efficient faucets and fixtures are in demand.  Extraordinary lighting in an upstairs bath using a skylight below as the shower floor.

For the master bathroom, a double vanity gives you plenty of space as his and her sinks. Free standing sinks that look like pieces of furniture are becoming the norm in luxury baths. Corner sinks for small baths in unique places like under staircases.

Wall Hung Toilets

Wall hung tankless toilets with wall flushes. Wall hung tankless toilets are not only less visible, they work well if your renovation project is in a condominium building and there is no access to the ceiling below.

Luxury Bathroom Experts

For homeowners seeking a fresh look, our Bostonian bathroom remodeling experts can get you started on the path to create a space with a whole new feel. Transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat and embrace a modern design that will provide efficiency and style for many years to come.

You won’t regret putting in these must-have features, but you’ll probably regret leaving them out, once it’s all finished. Let Connaughton Construction bring your imagination to life! Remodeling your bathroom not only makes one of the most used rooms in the house more lovely, it adds value to your property.


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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Home?

October 23rd, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

Is a tankless water heater right for your home?

Water heating is the second largest expense in your home; consuming 14-18% of your utility bills. The  amount of water consumed by the average household is 64 gallons.

To get started determining if a tankless water heater is right for your home, consider your current fuel type, efficiency, cost and size. If you have more than one fuel source available, it’s important to compare fuel costs. You may find that you save money by switching to a different fuel source.

Is A Tankless Hot Water Heater Right for Your Home? - Connaughton ConstructionWhat Fuel Type is needed for Tankless hot water heater

Essentially, if your fuel type is electric, natural gas, or propane, a tankless water heater may be the right choice for your home. Home owners with electric only may need to upgrade the amperage service, requiring a licensed electrician.

Efficiency of Tankless Hot Water Heater

To maximize energy and operating cost savings, look for an energy efficient water heater. A water heater’s efficiency is measured by the Energy Factor (EF) .

Cost of Tankless Hot Water Heater

When purchasing a tankless hot water heater, there are four factors that determine if it is worth investing in a more efficient hot water heating system; the initial purchase, the installation, the maintenance, and operating costs. An electric model will need the proper voltage, amperage and circuit breaker. Gas-fired models need to be vented.

Gas-fired tankless water heater: This system costs $1,500 to buy and install. That’s nearly double the price of a conventional gas water heater, and $575 more than a high-efficiency tank model. In addition, while a conventional water heater typically uses a half-inch gas line, a tankless water heater requires three-quarter-inch pipe. That plumbing change costs from $25 to $40 per foot, potentially adding many hundreds to initial costs. 

On the bright side, your new energy-efficient unit may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $300 on purchase and installation through 2013.

Electric tankless water heater: Much cheaper. It can cost as little as $400 installed. But it doesn’t qualify for a tax credit because it is less efficient than gas and is better suited for point-of-use applications, such as instant kitchen hot water, rather than a whole-house system.

Note: All costs indicated here are estimates and may vary.

Size of tankless hot water heater

To ensure you have enough hot water when you want to  use it, calculate your household’s peak-hour hot water demand and use that to determine your water heater size.

Measure demand by answering the question, do you want  a unit to heat water in one bathroom or the entire house?

Other considerations. The Location: A tankless water heater must be within 50 feet from a power source. It can be mounted on an interior or exterior wall. Life expectancy. Most last more than 20 years. About twice the lifespan of storage water heaters. Installation. Hire a highly rated plumber or heating and A/C contractor to install it.


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Tankless Hot Water Heaters

October 7th, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

Tankless hot water heaters, an increasingly popular option for residential luxury living in Boston. Hot water on demand with little need for storage space. Here we discuss what are tankless hot water heaters? How do they work? and What are the advantages and disadvantages of tankless hot water heaters?

What is a tankless hot water heater?

Tankless Hot Water Heater; Electric - Connaughton ConstructionTankless hot water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water.You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However, a tankless water heater’s output limits the water flow rate.

Advantages of tankless hot water heaters

  • ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater. In some scenarios, a residence installing a demand water heater at each hot water outlet can see a reduction in water heating costs by as much as 50%.
  • This compact design saves space
  • Home owners are far less likely to experience leaks or ruptures
  • Maintains efficiency throughout its service life
  • Less prone to hard water, sediment, or mineral problems
  • Tankless water heaters will usually last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price.
  • Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.

Tankless Hot Water Heater - Gas-Connaughton ConstructionTankless hot water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons (7.6–15.2 liters) per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, however, even the largest, gas-fired model cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. Taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time can stretch a tankless water heater to its limit. To overcome this problem, installing two or more tankless water heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate tankless water heaters for appliances — such as a clothes washer or dishwasher — that use a lot of hot water in your home.

Disadvantages of Tankless Hot Water Heaters

  • The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater,
  • A single tankless hot water heater cannot provide enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households.
  • Certain models pilot light can consume more energy than other models. Be sure to ask how much energy is used by the pilot light on the model you are considering.

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Ten Steps to Zero Energy Home

September 21st, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

Ten Steps to Zero Energy Home - Inside a Zero Energy Home - Connaughton ConstructionThe ten steps to zero energy home is a lifestyle change.

1. Energy Audit

After you conduct an energy audit, you are ready for an architect or engineer that can put the plans on paper. The  architect or engineer takes all of the specifications from the energy audit and integrates them into a complete design document. This helps the contractors and subcontractors in making their estimates and completing the work.

From the very beginning, and throughout the retrofitting process, the homeowner, energy consultant, the contractor and the architect or engineer work as a team to make the transition possible.

2. Super Seal the Building

Create an air tight barrier on all six sides of the home. Air tightening the shell of your home; the floors, ceilings, windows, doors, outlets and walls. A blower door test will identify air leaks during the testing. Use transparent caulking while a blower door is running to seal all air leaks. Lowering the Air Changes per Hour to near 2 ACH is a common goal for a full zero net energy remodel.

3. Super Insulate

The building envelope of a house consists of its roof, sub floor, exterior doors, windows and of course the exterior walls. A tight building is preferable in cooler climates.

Adding blown-in ceiling insulation,  floor insulation and basement wall insulation is an easy and relatively inexpensive measure. This is where the R-value matters.

How well insulation works is expressed by its R-value, which measures resistance to the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the better it insulates per inch of thickness. How much is enough?

The Attic Insulation: The amount of insulation recommended for homes in the northeast is a minimum of R-50 in the attic, which is equivalent to approximately 16″ of fiberglass insulation. Warmer climates only require an R-38 or higher, or about 12″.

Wall Insulation: While wall insulation is limited by the width of the studs, different materials provide higher or lower R-values. Fiberglass batts for standard 2×4 walls are now available in low, medium, and high density products that range from R-11 to R-15. Sprayed foam insulation in the same wall cavity can range from an R-14 to an R-28 depending on the product that is used.

Floor Insulation: While there are additional considerations—such as venting and moisture problems—to take into account when you insulate under floors, the United States Department of Energy recommends an R-25 rating in cold climates and an R-11 in warmer parts of the country.

4. Use Highly Insulated Windows and Doors

Installing U-value storm windows can save up to 20% of the heat lost through the windows. The U-value of a window is the insulation value or measurement. The lower the u-value the better the insulation value of that window.

Low U-value windows for energy efficiency in zero energy homes - Connaughton ConstructionSelecting windows for energy efficiency is easier with the new window technologies available to homeowners, architects and builders. There are three major types of energy flow that occur through windows: (1) non solar heat losses and gains in the form of conduction, convection, and radiation; (2) solar heat gains in the form of radiation; and (3) airflow, both intentional (ventilation) and unintentional (infiltration). The U-value is a measure of the rate of non-solar heat flow through a window or skylight.  Buy lower U-factors windows for reducing heat flow.

5. Use the Sun for Electricity and Hot Water

Installing a solar hot water system or a heat pump hot water heater will reduce hot water costs. Adding low flow showerheads and faucets will help reduce hot water use.

Turning off and unplugging all electronics when not in use. Using energy strips for all electronics will make it easy to disconnect them when not in use.

6. Create an Energy Efficient, Fresh Air Supply and Manage Humidity

Plan for and manage moisture. As you seal up the holes, or insulate crawl spaces you also need to manage the moisture that goes along with insulating. Installing a highly efficient Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) or Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system will help provide fresh filtered air.

In most homes, especially airtight homes, indoor winter humidity should be 30% or below, to avoid possible condensation problems. An HRV helps lower indoor humidity more effectively, when the outside humidity is low. The use of vapor barrier paint on the interior of the sheet rock will help prevent moisture from penetrating the wall assembly. Moving the air regularly with either type of ventilation system will help prevent mold.

7. Use an Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling System

Installing a ductless heat pump mini-split heating and air conditioning system, is very energy efficient and easy to install.

Install programmable thermostats that reduce the heat when you are away and increase heat when you return.

8. Install Energy Efficient Lighting.

For lighting, high efficiency LEDs lightbulbs in light fixtures that get the most use.

9. Select Energy Efficient Appliances and Electronics

All appliances having the Energy Star label have been deemed energy efficient by government standards.

10. Install Smart Meter

A smart meter is the communication gateway between the utility company and the home.


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Current Project 310 Marlborough Street

September 11th, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

Boston’s Back Bay

310 Marlborough St,  formerly a multi-family home with approximately 4,704 square feet, built in 1899. The average list price for Back Bay today is $2,429,400. This is one sought after neighborhood in Boston, ranking as Boston’s Luxury Properties. The panoramic views and exceptional location in the trendy and sophisticated Boston’s Back Bay make residences on Marlborough Street one of the most desirable.

What was once a 7 unit brownstone is under renovation into a single family of four. It’s getting a total overhaul. In this five story frame, we’re reframing all the walls, leveling the floors, new insulation, new lighting and new wiring throughout. We’re implementing new heating, new plumbing, new fire sprinkler system independent of the plumbing system, and new electric. A three-phase electrical is in for the new elevator and electric heat pumps; requiring a new tie-in at the street. Rock wool insulation is going into the entire place; ceiling, walls, stairs, floors. Rock wool insulation is safer, having no formaldehyde, makes it more green, eco-friendly and resistant to fires. In addition to the rock wool insulation, we are installing polyicynene closed cell spray foam at the top floor ceiling and roof and at the front mansard roof; an energy efficient rating of R38.

We are renovating 5 fireplaces with choice of stone, marble and wood, gracing the garden level, the master bedroom, the music room, second floor, and dining room.

Garden Level

Current Project 310 Marlborough - Front and Back Entrances - Connaughton Construction

Garden Level – Radiant Floor Heating Back Garden

At garden level we have a bedroom, bath, storage, 2 large closets, a wet bar, family room with a fireplace, an entrance at the front and back.

Back Entrance (left image) the outside Back Entrance Parking court will have a heated brick driveway versed with an electric radiant floor heating system automatically clearing the snow. The cinder-block dividing wall will be all brick.

Music Room Makeover Inside and Outside

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Music Room Main Level - Connaughton Construction

Main Floor – First Level – Music Room

Front Entrance above will take you up the brownstone steps, through mahogany french doors, pass the parlor room, the mahogany library and a music room.

For the music room (top image) makeover we are refinishing the mahogany fireplace, retrimming the bay window and reframing the walls. To bring the fireplace up to code, the chimney flue is getting a new stainless steel liner.

The Bay window is the music room overlooking the parking court.

From the outside (left image) the bay window is getting restored with a new base. The white base is weather resistant PVC trim, soon to be black to match the top.

Hyper Heat Heating and Cooling System

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - New Sprinkler System - Connaughton Construction

Second Level – New Sprinkler System

The second level houses the gourmet kitchen, a big family room and a dining room with gas log fireplace.

Building closets left and right, installing ductwork shared by the AC and new HVAC with Hyper Heat Heating and Cooling System.

Getting up-to-code with the city requires installation of the new sprinkler system. With the new sprinkler system we’re installing 2″ fire lines from the street separate from the domestic water system.

On-Demand Tankless Hot Water Heater

Cast Iron Plumbing used Throughout - Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Connaughton Construction

Third Level – Cast Iron Plumbing Throughout

Master suite with separate study at the front with a laundry room.

Plumbing The new plumbing is black cast iron. Water flowing through cast iron piping is quieter than water running through pvc piping.

We are installing 3 new energy efficient gas fired on demand tankless hot water heaters. No tanks means no space needed.

Tankless hot water heaters provide the comfort and convenience of having a continuous supply of hot water. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, even the largest, gas-fired tankless water heater cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. To overcome this problem, we are installing three tankless water heaters.

Fourth Level

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Hanging Blueboard on Stilts-Connaughton Construction

Fourth Level – Professionals use stilts to hang blueboard.

The fourth level has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 3 large closets, 1 of which is cedar.

Professionals use stilts to hang blueboard on the ceiling and walls.

Roof Deck

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Roof Deck View of Prudential - Connaughton Construction

Roof Deck – View of Prudential

A new glass roof hatch (middle image) provides access to new outdoor space; the roof deck. Breath-taking view of the Prudential building and eco-friendly Green Roofs. We’re framing with pressure treated wood and high quality, no maintenance Trex composite decking for the flooring.

The large white unit (far left image) is the energy efficient hyper-heat pump(HHP) condenser for heating and cooling. An air handler units is installed on every floor, small enough to fit in the ceiling, and connected to an HHP Condenser. For cooling, the unit blows air across freon cooled pipes, sending out cool air. For heating, the unit blows air across heated coils. The white pipes on the roof top are vent pipes for the water heaters. One is a fresh air in-take, and one exhausts air.

New Elevator with 3 Phase Electrical System

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Elevator Shaft - Connaughton Construction

New Elevator

The new elevator shaft is under way. How’s that for making life easy carting groceries, moving furniture, and carrying belongings between levels. A new 3 phase electrical system is in place due to the addition of the elevator and to bring the electrical up to code.

Private elevators is becoming a necessity in residential suburban living where the best use of vertical space is a must.

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street


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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

September 1st, 2015 by Hit-the-Web Marketing - Carol Scalzo No comments »

What is a Green Roof?

Green Roof - 7 layers of root barrier - Connaughton ConstructionA “green roof” is an extension of an existing roof on top of the concrete slab, including a high-quality waterproofing membrane, a root repellant system or root barrier, a drainage layer, filter cloth, lightweight growing medium and soil, irrigation system and plants.

How do Green Roofs Make for Healthy Cities?

Green Roofs have Economic Benefits

Green roofs and services create jobs for many people.  According to Green Roofs For Healthy Cities (GRHC)  the demand for green roof installations requires and therefore helps create a business market for manufacturers and suppliers of all the required physical components. That is, all the green roof layers, specialized garden nurseries, architects, landscapers, ecological design and engineering professionals, the labor and maintenance personnel.

Construction costs of green roofs vary from $10.00 to $25.00 per square foot. In Germany where they are more common, the costs of a green roof range from $8.00- $15.00 per square foot. The model green roof at Gund Hall at Harvard University cost $1.00 per square foot.

Green roofs can increase property values.

Green Roofs have Environmental Benefits

Green Roofs have cooling potential. Green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. They help reduce the heat islands often found in urban areas.

Green roof absorb heat and act as insulators for buildings. This helps us use less energy for cooling and heating.

Green roofs are useful in achieving LEED certification for new and existing buildings.

Green roofs reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. By lowering air conditioning demand, green roofs decrease air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Vegetation remove air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions through dry deposition and carbon sequestration and storage.

Green roofs improve human health and comfort. Green roofs, by reducing heat transfer through the building roof, can improve indoor comfort and lower heat stress associated with heat waves.

Acoustic insulation properties also exist with green roofs. Many green roofs have been placed near airports with great results in noise reduction.

Green roofs enhance stormwater management and water quality. Green roofs reduce and slow stormwater runoff in the urban environment; they also filter pollutants from rainfall.

Green roofs allow us to grow food locally, eliminating the need to be transported. From herbs such as mint, Lemon balm, edible pansies, thyme, lavender, chives and different kinds of basil are just a few of the many herbs that flourish in the custom-built beds. To vegetables, such as tomatoes, herbs, greens, berries, wheat grass, even some monster cabbage. Restaurants are turning to their own green roof gardens for self-producing fresh herbs and vegetables.

Where you can find Green roofs improving the quality of life in Boston?

  • Four seasons Hotel, Boston, MA

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    Green Roofs Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, MA – Connaughton Construction

  • Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
  • Graduate Residences at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Cambridge Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
  • Healing Garden at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • East Office Building at the World Trade Center in Boston, MA
  • Tufts University, Boston MA
  • Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
Aside from being inconspicuous, low maintenance, and reliable storm water management systems, green roofs can add natural beauty and aesthetic relief to a wide variety of settings.

 


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