This is the story of the renovation and retrofit of a 1923 Craftsman-style cottage into Hammond Forever House–a house that heats and cools itself, conserves both energy and water, and keeps our family healthy and happy–on a budget.
My wife Leanne and I bought (with a little help) the house that Leanne’s grandfather built in the historic neighbourhood of Port Hammond, BC. It needs a little work and some say it would be cheaper to knock it down and build new. Why invest in an old house when you might sell it in a few years? Well, what if we want to live here for a long, long time? Would it make sense then?
In fact, by remodelling an existing house into a comfortable, efficient home reuses resources, conserves that intangible heritage value of place, reduces our influence on climate change, and ensures our long-term financial well-being.
It is also an act of defiance against the economic status quo. Can we afford to do what is right for the house, our community, the planet and ourselves? No! But then, nobody else can either. Heck, most of us can’t afford our mortgages! Somebody has to kick this problem in the pants so let it be us!
This is the story of the renovation and retrofit of a 1923 Craftsman-style cottage into Hammond Forever House.
Can we do it? Watch us!