This was our third renovation for these owners in this house. We bumped up the third story of their Dutch Colonial to add two bedrooms, a playroom and a bathroom. A wrap around front porch was added at the front, a side porch with mud room was added off the pantry and the back of the house was extended to add a large eat-in kitchen with a wet bar.
NARI CotY 2006 “Grand” Award Winner: “Entire House $500K to $1Mil”
NARI CotY 2006 “Grand” Award Winner: “Innovative Technology”
Chrysalis Awards 2006: “Best Whole House Remodel”
Qualified Remodeler’s 2006 Master Design Award: “Bronze Winner “Whole House Over $500K”
Professional Remodeler’s 2006 Best of the Best Awards: “Silver Winner “Whole House Over $500K”
This was our third renovation for these owners in this house. We bumped up the third story of their Dutch Colonial to add two bedrooms, a playroom and a bathroom. A wrap around front porch was added at the front, a side porch with mud room was added off the pantry and the back of the house was extended to add a large eat-in kitchen with a wet bar. We demoed an old powder room and moved it approximately 10’ forward. We also rebuilt two sets of stairs in front of the house, added front and side walks and built a patio at the rear, all with flagstone. The total project cost approximately $675,000.
This was our first client that wanted a substantial amount of custom wood countertops in the kitchen. They selected walnut and we learned a lot about the pros and cons of wood counters versus stone, solid surface and stainless steel.
The homeowners’ goal was to add two bedrooms and a bathroom for their growing family. The existing layout of their home dictated that the only solution was a third floor pop-up. To minimize risk and improve the energy efficiency of this new third floor, we decided to use structural insulated panels and other prefabricated structural members to allow us to complete the tear off and close-in of this new space in less than two weeks! The final construction cost (including a wrap around front porch, a patio, and a kitchen extension in the back) was $675,000.
There were several challenges to overcome on this project. Due to design challenges and permit delays we had to tear off the roof in late winter.
The walls were constructed of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS). SIPS added insulation value (R-19) compared with traditional 2×4 walls (R-13) and also added structural integrity. They allowed for prefabrication of the four dormers. Most importantly, the SIPs reduced site time and helped limit the home’s exposure to the winter elements. Higher material costs were offset by lower labor costs.
We completed the project in our budgeted 6-month time frame and our best compliment came from a neighbor who said that the new third floor looks like it was part of the original home. The new third floor is not only incredibly well built, but adds substantially to the insulation value of the entire house. It’s acts like a wool cap. The savings in energy usage over the long term, compared to stick framing, will be substantial for the homeowner.
The renovated house has excellent spaces for all seasons and occasions for this growing family: a welcoming eat-in kitchen to gather and to entertain, two new bedrooms, a bathroom and a playroom for the kids, a neighborly front porch and a durable rear patio. The homeowners are very happy with all the new well engineered, designed and built parts of their home.