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Hammond Forever House "the-end-is-in-sight" Tour

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Hammond Forever House

11406 205 St

Maple Ridge, BC


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Ever toured a newly renovated home and wondered how they did it? Then this tour on March 10th is for you!

Hammond Forever House is a craftsman-style cottage owned by Leanne Koehn and James Rowley. It was built by Leanne's grandfather, Carl Whitehead, in 1923. Like most people lucky enough to be able to buy such a gem, we wanted to preserve it and make it comfortable. We also wanted to reduce its carbon footprint.

The renovation and retrofit of the Whitehead residence is only partially complete so you can see exactly how we're doing what we're doing and chat about what we've got left to do.

These tours are one of the lead-up events to Celebrate Earth Day Maple Ridge 2018. Saturday, April 21st at Memorial Peace Park from 10AM to 2PM. Find out more at

Each tour (at 10am, noon, or 2pm) will host a maximum of 12 participants. Depending on the interests of tour participants, I will share with you:

-the hows and whys of lifting a house to dig the basement deeper

-how to super-insulate your basement

-how to thicken and insulate any wall from the inside

-all about Maple Ridge's Heritage Revitalization Agreement

-matching heritage elements to modern materials and building codes

-how to heat your home with water (and why we chose to)

-what a Heat Recovery Ventilator is and why we needed one

-how to equip your garage so your car can be your back-up generator

-how to make your home solar-ready

-moving toward a net-zero energy home

-renovating without waste

-working with City inspectors

-the tricky world of renovation contractors

-the dream of a Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP)

-how to decide what to do yourself and where you need a professional

-the penny floor!

-a layperson's understanding of: structural engineering, framing, plumbing, electrical, pouring concrete, insulating, building envelopes, ventilation, drainage, the BC building code and anything else that comes up.

That's a lot to fit into 90 minutes, so I will ask you what is most interesting to you so I can make sure to cover those topics.

In June 2015 I gave tours of the house before we started renovation and shared our plans. Now I'd like to show you where we're at now. The essential elements are there, but you can see inside some of the walls and sense first-hand the challenges of doing such a project.

This is not Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous; this is something much more interesting!

The greenest home is the one already standing.”

Most people agree that preserving heritage houses is a good thing. Most people agree that from an environmental standpoint it’s better to make an existing home energy efficient than it is to knock it down and build a new super efficient one.

So if destroying homes and building new ones is wasteful and inefficient, why is it actually easier than preserving and retrofitting existing homes, and what can we do about that? These are central questions we can explore on the tour.

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Hammond Forever House

11406 205 St

Maple Ridge, BC


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