Projects / Renovations      Portland, Maine

Pleasant Avenue Grand


This magnificent 1910 New England town home had fantastic bones, but it had been carelessly subdivided. The owners wanted to make better use of their space and increase its energy efficiency, without expanding its footprint.


We rearranged and rehabilitated the attic space, creating a home office and guest suite that soars over the neighborhood’s rooftops. A new kitchen expands over the garage, with panoramic wrap-around windows that bring light into the room and its honed granite countertops. New custom-trim profiles designed by the owner add character and grace to this historic home.

We added insulation and an air barrier, making the home more energy efficient. An evacuated tube solar thermal array provides hot water for the whole family, keeping the home cozy.


  • Year Completed

  • Cost

  • Gross Floor Area

    3275 sq ft
  • Beds

  • Baths

  • Partners

    CSI Builders
    Ari Meehan

Sustainability Achievements


  • Walkable location
  • Near public transportation
  • Renovation required minimal site disturbance


  • Uses locally-sourced materials
  • Designed for durability
  • Designed for low maintenance
  • Designed for minimal embodied energy


  • Low-VOC finishes
  • Formaldehyde-free building


  • R-3 windows
  • R-24 walls
  • R-40 roof