Entered in Category: Remodel > Single Family Home $174/sf and under
Project Brief: This young family’s home had a traditional layout with smaller, individual rooms, that did not work well for their family. However, the home is located in a great neighborhood where they wanted to stay. The solution was to add on, make improvements, modernize, and create some more space for their kids to grow.
A small addition allowed us to combine and enlarge the kitchen and dining room, creating a space that now serves as the central hub of the house. Upstairs, a new master bedroom suite was created and bedrooms were reconfigured to give everyone their own space. Refinishing the hardwood floors and a fresh coat of paint provided a fresh, updated look while minimizing costs.
These improvements make it feel like a whole new house. The addition keeps the traditional design of the house and neighborhood, while the inside is bright, modern, and spacious. The kitchen/DR is large and open, and allows for cooking, eating, homework, crafts, and socializing all to happen at in the same space. The master bath includes custom tile work, a beautiful soaking tub, and separate tiled shower. The renovation has truly changed the way this family connects downstairs and enjoys their down time upstairs.
Project Details: This renovation truly changed the way this family lives in their house.
- Overall goal was to keep the costs in check while providing a new space for a growing family.
- The addition keeps with the original character of the house, with a gambrel roof, front dormer, and shingled siding.
- Inside, the house originally had a small kitchen and small dining room. Removing a couple of walls and adding a small addition created a large, open space. A large beam provides definition between areas, but otherwise the new kitchen and dining area are connected in one open space.
- Upstairs, one of the kid’s bedrooms was turned into a master bathroom. A master bedroom and closet were created out of the 2nd story of the addition. The former master bedroom was reconfigured to give everyone their own space.
- This client was great to work with. They knew what they wanted, and made great decisions about the design and finishes.
- During the renovation, we kept the existing kitchen as long as possible, then made a temporary kitchen in the office. They made good use of their grill and deck while the new kitchen was in progress.
- The project did impact virtually every room in the house, directly or indirectly. They camped out with the kids in the basement for much of the project. Everyday the kids were excited to see the daily progress.
- This client made smart use of their money, focusing their budget on key elements of the renovation and quality selections.
- Cabinetry was installed to create clean lines, a modern look, and a cozy window seat for the kids in the spacious kitchen/dining room.
- Quartz countertops, new lighting fixtures, and matte black faucet and hardware selections give a sophisticated look to the whole kitchen.
- Cherry floating shelves and a custom cherry dining room table add warmth in this very inviting space.
- The new master bath included a tiled backsplash and wall mounted lav faucets, a soaking tub with tile surround, and custom tile shower.
- The new space was blended seamlessly with the old, with quality craftsmanship from frame to finish.
Execution – Compatibility with environment
- By reconfiguring the interior walls we were able to minimize the size of the addition, which helped reduce the use of materials and kept costs in check.
- The addition kept in harmony with the existing architecture and surrounding neighborhood, with the gambrel roof, front dormer, and shingled siding.
- With front to back windows in the new space, it feels like the inside and outside are much better connected.
- A large awning window in the kitchen is both beautiful with its arched grilles, and functional to keep an eye on children in the back yard.
Value for Cost
- The project focused on a new kitchen and master bedroom suite, arguably the two areas that will give the best return on investment.
- Changes to the rest of the main house focused on a refinishing existing surfaces; floors were refininshed and repainting gave the space a refreshed look without a huge cost.
- The addition, new windows in key areas, and a new roof add to the curb appeal of the whole house.
- Drastic improvements inside were achieved within a relatively small added footprint.
- The addition was built with an energy efficient building shell, including very good wall and ceiling insulation, insulation under the slab, and attention to detail at the transitions between the existing and new parts of the home.
- New energy efficient Marvin Integrity windows were installed in the addition, as well as in key areas of the existing house.
- New LED lighting and energy efficient appliances were used.
- A large beam was designed to carry the load in order to open up the existing kitchen/DR and expand it all out another 13 feet. The structural beam visually creates definition between the kitchen and dining areas in an otherwise open space.
- A cozy window seat was created at one end of the dining room, with decorative baskets underneath to store games and crafts.
- A sliding barn door was built to access the master closet, freeing up much needed floor space.
- Inspired Closets designed and built the master closet system, maximizing space in a beautifully organized way. A folding ironing board was integrated into the closet, making last minute ironing a breeze.
- The new rooms were designed to work with existing and new ceiling slopes, which were dictated by the existing architecture.
This client now has much needed room for the kids to grow in a space the whole family can enjoy.
Essex, Vermont - 2400 sf Design Notes: Addition and Renovation