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36 ShAKerONLINE.COM | FALL 2015 While Coventry’s focus is on new construction, “I love rebuilding older historic homes and we’ll continue to work in that field too, in a similar manner to what we did with our house. “I think it’s important that Shaker homeowners, or those looking at acquiring a home in Shaker, know that you don’t have to tear down a historic home to have a modern, functional, and low maintenance home, and that you can have an energy-efficient home without breaking the budget,” he says. He says it doesn’t necessarily need to cost significantly more if you’re already doing a substantial renovation. “It just takes knowledge of modern building science and the right team to implement it. But you need to do your homework. And don’t accept ‘because we’ve always done it that way’ as an excuse.” The restoration of the South Woodland home has had its own particular impact on the community. “Given that the house was an abandoned foreclosure on a major thoroughfare within Shaker Heights,” the Peters told the Cleveland Restoration Society’s awards judges, “the impact has been increased visibility of historic preservation.” SL


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