The owners of this Spring Valley home wanted to add a second level master suite so that they could be on the same level as their small children.
The owners of this Spring Valley home wanted to add a second level master suite so their room would be on the same floor as their children’s rooms.
We determined that the optimal location for the addition was above an existing one-story section of the home, and built a light-filled and elegant space with a substantial bedroom, luxurious bathroom, a desk/sitting alcove, and ample closet space. The new master suite also has a narrow porch that helps the addition blend with the style of the house and provides a connection to the rear yard.
One of the challenges on this project was negotiating the local zoning rules. We consulted with the zoning board and found that the side yard did not conform. We filed for a special exception. The process took six months, but we were successful in gaining the exception to build the addition.
With all our upper story additions, we are very careful about keeping the existing structure dry and secure. By first setting the floor framing while most of the existing roof in place, we minimized the home’s exposure to the elements. When the roof was finally removed, our crew worked additional hours to quickly complete the roof structure and wall framing.
For second story additions, we generally order pre-made trusses to expedite the roof framing. However, the homeowners wanted a more dramatic cathedral ceiling, so we engineered and then site-built a roof system using heavy collar ties, a ridge beam, and engineered wood rafters.
The second floor porch softens the look of the rear elevation caused by the massing of the addition and also provides passive solar shading during the hottest months of the year. Though the owners wanted beautiful materials, they also wanted them to be low maintenance. After exploring several options, we settled on a roofing material that would provide both a durable walking surface and roof membrane. Posts, rails, siding, exterior trim and columns are all made of a composite material for high durability and low maintenance.
The bathroom features an eight-foot vanity, a heated floor, and glass and marble finishes.