Initial Description: Ranch House, Built 1966, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Changes: Addition of second floor, opened first floor plan, renovation of building systems (plumbing, air conditioning and electrical), additional insulation, additional foundation work, renovation of interior surfaces on first floor, exterior paint. The finished plan includes 5 bedrooms (two suites) and 4.5 bathrooms.
Narrative: The owners loved their location and property though they recognized the challenges of their existing house. From the beginning of the project, the owners had a vision for a craftsman style house. Craftsman style details can be expensive because they often involve stained wood elements for which there is no substitute – so we developed a design to use as much of the existing house as possible. This allowed the owners to use their budget where it would have the greatest impact. As you’ll see in the images and captions, we completely re-organized the public spaces and opened the house.
In addition to the design challenges, we had to classify the water on the back of the property to determine if we were subject to a stream buffer. We also had to apply for and testify to receive a variance for a front setback regulation in the zoning ordinance.
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