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    Full House Remodel and Addition: Project Spotlight

    To say these homeowners needed a full house remodel and addition is an understatement. Picture this: a loving couple with two growing kids, all living in a lofted one bedroom, one bathroom house. You read that correctly, four people sharing one bedroom. A small portion of the space was sectioned off for the oldest child while the youngest had their bed in the closet. This family desperately needed more space and Better Builders knew exactly how to execute their vision.

    Starting Fresh

    This 1909 Craftsman was riddled with asbestos and lead, had no insulation, and nowhere near enough room for the family. Our primary focus was creating more space, while maintaining the craftsman feel.

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    The plan included starting fresh: demolishing everything but the living room and front porch and adding a new second story. The original framing required extensive retrofitting to support the new structure. Being on a small lot with non-conforming setbacks, the house is situated unusually close to the front property line. While the first story was grandfathered in, the new level had to meet current setbacks. Resulting in the addition  sitting 5 feet back from the front of the first level. We maintained the existing front porch with ample reinforcement and refinishing to stay in the grandfathered setbacks.

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    Preserving Original Components

    The homeowners had a unique request to preserve the original coffered ceiling and fir floors in the living room. This meant going to considerable lengths to protect these features when there was no roof or enclosed walls on the home! With new can lights, insulated walls and bright colors, the living room is now the perfect family space.



    Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel

    Past the living room, the rest of the first floor saw an increase in square footage. The original kitchen was tiny and closed off from the rest of the house. The appliances and fixtures were outdated and there was hardly any storage.



    The new kitchen was outfitted with maple cabinets painted a lovely shade of blue, HanStone quartz countertops, a cast iron farmhouse sink and top of the line appliances. We also laced in new fir flooring, stained to match the original in the living room. The new square footage also allowed for a large built in pantry to be added to the space, more than solving the storage problem the family faced before.

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    For a fun touch, the client purchased an antique kitchen sink that we then repurposed as a vanity in the new powder room off the kitchen.


    New Second Story

    The original second floor “loft” bedroom is where all four family members slept. With the new seconds story addition, we created two new bedrooms for the kids, a shared bathroom, and a luxurious owner's suite.

    The homeowners opted to change the design of the second-story roofline mid-project from a flat roof to a non-standard swung hip roofline over a unique footprint. Vaulted ceilings, with exposed asymmetrical glulam beams led to unique architectural profiles in the luxury owner's suite and two kids’ bedrooms.


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    Kid's Shared Bathroom


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    Owner's Suite - Bathroom

    If you are interested in our services you can view our service areas here. And to see a few more photos of this full house remodel and addition, visit our project gallery here!


    Pete Baughman

    About Pete Baughman

    Home renovation and custom home building have been a part of my life since birth. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all Carpenters. It was only natural for me to be drawn to it as well. I worked as a Carpenter and Project lead helping him create and produce many extraordinary projects. My experiences have varied from Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Project Manager, Production Manager, Project Developer, and Sales Manager. I started with Better Builders in 2011 and, in 2019, became an owner.