Jamaica, Queens, NY
Program: 4 Single Family Houses
Area: 2,200sf each
Status: Completed 2019
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Heim Architect received the commission to restore four abandoned wood frame houses in Jamaica with the not-for-profit Restoring Urban Neighborhoods (RUN), an affiliate of Neighborhood Restore Housing Development Fund Corporation. Each of these projects has had a striking impact on the neighborhood. These residential projects, scattered throughout Jamaica, are all wood frame houses which received a gut renovation as they have been abandoned for years. Key to the restoration was the use of cutting edge sustainable features; new foam insulation, exterior siding, energy efficient windows and doors as well as an entirely new heating systems that greatly improved the buildings energy efficiency. On the interior, they have been restored with the addition of elements such as powder rooms on the first floor and reconfigured storage. The restoration of these houses greatly enhances the neighborhood and streets where they are located.