GCR’s New Listing on Aubry Street: Renovating with an Eye Towards Energy Savings and Comfort
By Green Coast on 26 Jul 2016
When Duncan Cheney bought a house (2834 Aubry Street) steps from the Gentilly entrance to the Fairgrounds he wanted to renovate and resell the historic shotgun, making improvements that included better energy efficiency. Cheney selected Green Coast Realty as the listing agency.
First, he gutted the house and before installing new drywall, Cheney put in foam board between the framing studs. In order to seal it even more from outside air and moisture, he had foam insulation sprayed between the studs. He also added a central HVAC system with a heat pump, which is more efficient than gas or electric alone.
“For an historic home, it’s definitely above average for energy efficiency,“Cheney says.
The house is located in an area that™s recently been getting increased investment. As potential first-time homebuyers find themselves priced out of neighborhoods where they’re renting, they look for up-and-coming communities like the Fairgrounds area. GCR’s Managing Broker Ariana Tipper says that such market pressure incentivizes the revitalization of homes that have previously been ignored by would-be renovators. And that can significantly boost a neighborhood’s beauty, safety and overall livability.
“I call this ‘filling in the blanks”’ says Tipper. “You’re seeing blighted and abandoned houses getting attention by homeowners that will live and care for these newly renovated homes, contributing to the existing community.”
Cheney is finishing up the renovations and the house will be listed within a few weeks.
For more information about 2834 Aubry Street, please contact Ariana Tipper at 504-920-1718