What is the House of the Year?

 house of year

For over two decades The Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut (BAEC) has been renovating or constructing new homes under their House of the Year program in an effort to educate homebuyers, building professionals and students on the latest in home products and construction technologies, as well as the quality workmanship that should be expected from members of the building industry. 

 Also known as our “Home Show in a Home,” the House of the Year is opened to the public upon completion so that visitors can experience, firsthand, applied designs, products, and technologies.

 Proceeds from the project are used to further the educational and charitable goals of the association, which serves the home building industry and the public in New London and Windham Counties.Because BAEC is a 501c(6) nonprofit professional trades organization, all donations of products and services can be deducted as business marketing expenses for income tax purposes.

 This year’s project is a 1598 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom split level home on 1.4 acres of land in Griswold CT that is sustainable and affordable at a list price of $219,900.  Our goal is to meet the Builders Challenge by achieving Energy Star.

 Andy Gil of Mystic River Building Co., Inc., our committee chair, Chad Whitcomb of The Greensulators Inc., Paul Stone of Lombardi Inside/Out, Nort Wheeler of Mystic River Building Company, and Tim Applegate of New London County Landscaping, worked together to develop plans and specifications for the project.

 Be part of our team and showcase your company’s products and services in this BAEC Home Show in a Home!  Participants receive exposure in the association’s newsletter, weekely updates, Connecticut Builder Magazine, local newspapers and in the public open house.

 The home features:

Construction & Energy Data:
Huber Advantech subflooring and zip wall and roof system
Boise truss roof and floor system, engineered so duct work is in a conditioned space
Nuwool Cellulose Insulation R-35 walls and R-60 Attic!!
Mitsubishi Hyper heat Technology Air source Heat Pump mini split for heating and cooling

Hybrid Air Source Heat pump 80 gallon domestic hot water

Flooring & Lighting:
Upper levels feature third-year bamboo flooring and stairs
Lower level features cork flooring in bathroom and den
Lighting fixtures – oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel

Kraftsmaid Kitchen Cabinets in oak with chocolate finish with slow-closing doors

Formica countertops

Baths feature:
Kraftsmaid Vanities in oak with chocolate finish and cultured marble tops
Tub shower combos
Elongated Comfort Height, dual flush water saving toilets

Second floor laundry

Outdoor Features:
Stone drive

Landscaping and hydro seed
Low Maintenance vinyl siding
Front portico/porch azek low maintenance no rails
Exterior 6 panel insulated steel door