Ted Cushman, of The Journal of Light Construction, contacted Treehouse Design in search of a news worthy mechanical system and we happened to be working on a system that peaked his interest. He has been tracking the progress of a recent project, which has three 500 foot geothermal wells integrated with a new ducted HVAC system. The system draws all of its heating and cooling needs from the ground loops and has an electrical backup for only the most extreme temperatures. Read more…..
Treehouse Design, Inc., and Maritime Gloucester are making news with design ideas for the rework of the current museum and learning spaces. The site is uniquely positioned at the crossroad where Gloucester’s rich and historic industrial infrastructure meets the public access to the harbor. Immediate project goals are to increase the size and scope of the marine aquarium, improve and expand the visitor center, and update the Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary exhibit. Long term plans also include the expansion of the gift shop, a new observation tower with views to the harbor, and a restaurant with harbor views.
The biggest design challenge will be to provide a framework for future growth that allows and encourages this extraordinary group to continue to evolve through experimentation and discovery. Maritime Gloucester serves as a catalyst,
The 19th-century North Shore home was underused and out of date. A dearth of bathrooms, both upstairs and down, made it hard for family and friends to enjoy their stay. The kitchen, designed for servants, was no fun to use. To make matters worse, the house was also drafty and uninsulated.
The sixty-something brother and sister who’d cared for the 1.5-acre seaside property for decades wondered if it might be time to sell. The pair turned to Timothy Thurman, founder of the Rockport-based Treehouse Design, for advice.
If sold, Thurman told them, the 8,000-square-foot home would likely be razed and the property subdivided—it just wouldn’t be worth a developer’s money and time to try to salvage the quirky abode. The thought of the house being knocked down weighed heavily on the family. The shingle-style “cottage” had been built by their grandfather and great-uncle in 1898 as a double house for their respective families. Not only was it steeped in history, but every nook and cranny reminded the owners of their childhood summers spent hiding in the eaves, spying on the adults from the upper porches, or playing charades in the great room. No, they couldn’t stand to see the house knocked down. But now that their children were having children, what could they do to revive the summer-cottage tradition? More…
(Photo Credits: Eric Roth with Treehouse Design’s own Poncho Neville as model)