Home as purchased

We've purchased a 1.5 storey wartime home, built during 1943 in Edmonton's beautiful Ritchie neighbourhood, with the goal of creating a beautiful, energy efficient, and cost effective home in a mature community. We'd like to try to prove first-hand that retrofitting can be better than knock-down & building new.

Our plan is to do most of the work ourselves, which will allow us to learn as much as possible and to also improve the project economics. The general plan is to first retrofit the interior, then move in, and then retrofit the exterior, chainsaw style. We're targeting an 80% reduction in energy consumption, before & after.

Here are some photos of the home as we purchased it, and took possession May 15, 2013: