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Renovation Story- Removing vinyl siding, honoring history, using salvaged materials and Passive Survivability
Episode 8916th February 2022 • Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven • Katharine White MacPhail//Gabl Media
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Architect Wendy Brown talks about her 1894 Italianate house in Western Massachusetts that she and her husband have been working on for 24 years. Should we remove vinyl siding from these old houses once they've been covered and what are the challenges in doing so? What is Passive Survivability?

About our guest:

Wendy Brown is an architect located in western Massachusetts, licensed in Massachusetts and Vermont. She graduated from RPI with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and a B.S. in Building Sciences.

She got her first job drafting for a construction company during high school, and later worked for that same company after college. As a result, she prefers to use the Design-Build method for projects. Her work is focused on Passive Survivability, making decisions and choosing materials that enable buildings and communities to be more resilient in the face of climate change.

Wendy and her family live in an 1874 house that was originally built for the owner of the local woolen mill. They have been renovating it since they moved in 24 years ago. When she has time, she also makes improvements to the other properties that her and her husband own, including her mom’s old house which her daughter now lives in.


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