The home at 407 South M St. was built in 1908. 110 years later, Habitat for Humanity Tacoma / Pierce County began renovating this house as a fundraising project. Plans for the remodel were done by Jill Sousa, a local architect well known for her clever and inventive design work on historic Tacoma homes.
While updating this home to contemporary standards, extensive efforts were made to retain the original doors, wood flooring and woodwork in order to preserve the character and charm of this old house. Matching doors were purchased from architectural salvage dealers for the additional doors needed due to floor plan changes.
Fortunately, we were able to recover just enough of the original antique door knobs for use on all the doors on the ground floor. Most were covered with several layers of paint. This hardware is apparently a rare design as it was unavailable through any architectural salvage outlets.
The windows were replaced with Ply Gem white vinyl windows that meet current building code requirements for energy efficiency. The house has been fully insulated to current building code requirements or the highest R values possible. The house is also freshly painted and has a new Certainteed 30-year moss resistant roof.
The plumbing system is 100% new from the water meter to the side sewer connection. Water supply piping is PEX and the drain, waste and vent piping is ABS – both current industry standards. All fixtures, fittings, valves and faucets are new.
The electrical wiring has been totally replaced including the service entrance, electrical panel, all circuitry and all electrical devices – circuit breakers, outlets, switches and fixtures.
The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system is also 100% new. The primary heat source is a Mitsubishi MSZ-EF15NAS mini-split heat pump with indoor condensers located on all three floors. Mini-split heat pumps are the most efficient heating systems available today and have the added bonus of working in reverse during the summer season to provide air conditioning. This model is state of the art.
It is recommended that bedroom doors be left open during the daytime in the winter months to allow warm air to circulate throughout the home. Supplemental Cadet electrical resistance heaters are located in the bedrooms and full baths.
The kitchen is also all new with Whirlpool and Jenn-Aire stainless steel appliances.
A bay tree and small herb garden have been planted just a few steps from the back door. Other edible landscape features include blueberries at the back deck and a raised bed garden area at the rear of the property. A wine rack has also been provided in the cellar.
A few of the larger trees were preserved on the property, but for the most part, the landscaping has been completely redone. A 675 gallon heating oil tank was decommissioned on the North side of the home. All work was performed by a registered environmental contractor. No petroleum contaminated soils were found. -- Gomer Roseman – Construction Director, Habitat for Humanity – T/PC
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