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Case Study: Snow Renovation


The people at W.A. Bernard Inc. pride themselves on maintaining their tradition of quality and old-world craftsmanship within the home building industry. It is for this reason that they were contacted in 2005 regarding renovations to a home in Sherborn, MA.

The project was to be a challenging one, seeing as much of the structural integrity of the residence had been compromised over the years. However, the homeowners stood by the fact that they wanted to remodel, not rebuild their home.

The homeowners used a designer for certain decisions, such as selection of colors, textures and some elements of interior design, but W.A. Bernard handled the majority of the details. The scope of the project involved renovating the kitchen, master bath and living room areas by replacing windows, siding and interior trim. However, the project was much more than a simple remodel: The plumbing was sub-code, the heating system ancient and the foundation deteriorated. After the necessary structural repairs were made, new electric, plumbing and energy efficient HVAC were installed.

Although much was updated, the homeowners had loved their original home and fought to preserve its unique qualities at all costs. They wanted windows that added to the overall character of their residence while keeping with the original time period. Integrity proved to be the perfect fit. Not only is the value equation one of the best in the industry, but Integrity’s sustainable Ultrex construction and ENERGY STAR-qualified products delivered the long-term environmental performance demanded.

A mix of Wood Ultrex double hung and casement windows were chosen in Stone White with SDL for their aesthetic beauty and traditional style. They serve as a focal point within the home while creating a connection to the great outdoors, providing a panoramic view from the living room. With careful attention to detail and experienced craftsmanship, W.A. Bernard was able to blend old and new details seamlessly turning the historic house into an energy-efficient home to be enjoyed for many years to come.