Photo: Roberts Creek has some spectacular ocean view properties.
The community of Roberts Creek is heavily treed, and only when you drive well into a property do you see its great view. This past week we inspected a 1960’s era house. I personally am fond of this vintage of house. This one was uncomplicated, full of mysterious cut-outs or cover plates, with a minimum amount of renovation, insulated as can be expected, an open basement and crawlspace area, single pane windows and… a rotary dial phone.
This era of house will be drafty, which is a good thing. The high level of air infiltration keeps the whole house healthy. Air movement ensures that the indoor moisture is effectively removed (source of mold) and the indoor air quality will be similar to that outside.
So if there is a musty smell in the basement, it is probably due to lack of air movement because there are fewer doors and windows that leak. By improving ventilation in these enclosed spaces and adding some heating to temper cold air, the house should continue to perform well.
But does a dated house like this require a renovation to make it energy efficient? Well that’s very subjective. For my perspective, I would not want do any major renovation, unless your want to spend a ton of loonies and toonies. In most cases if it works, leave it alone.
The better alternative to renovating is usually to knock it down and build new. But that’s just one person’s opinion.