Whole House Remodel
Sometimes the location is just to good to give up.
This was the case with the family in this project.
As the original owners of this home where they raised their six children, the time had come to make a decision on whether to relocate to a town home or make changes to the home and location they loved in order to accommodate their extended family and friends for entertaining.
Build in 1967 this two-story home had a small compartmentalized kitchen and living room which, at best, was inconvenient to comfortably accommodate larger groups when entertaining.
The Enerjac Solution:
Elements of the design provide a visual cohesiveness and an open flow pattern.
The center island in this kitchen is larger than most, making it a comfortable place to gather around. The light fixture about the center island has special meaning since it came from Ted’s parents’ home. Take note of the breakfast/snack pantry – open the doors and at your fingertips is everything you need from toaster and bread to crackers and peanut butter.
Want to do some baking but getting everything out seems overwhelming – not in Karen’s kitchen. Open the doors to the baking pantry and find everything you need from mixing bowls to mixer and blender, flour, sugar and more.
The refrigerator drawers on the side of the island closest to the table make for easy access to milk, juice, jam, jelly, pop, etc.
Need to keep food warm until your guests come in from the pool? – the warming drawer will do that for you.
Ted and Karen wanted an easy, efficient way to store card tables and chairs and not take up closet or storage space so they had a compartment designed into the large center island exclusively for this storage. Incorporated into the center island is a bread cart with shelves for storage. You may pull it out and wheel it to the table for serving or take it out on the patio when barbecuing. It makes transporting food items easy.
The dishwasher is raised to avoid the endless bending when loading and unloading.
Access to the walk-in pantry can be gained from the front entry or the kitchen using the tough-free state-of-theart entry system making it very easy to get those groceries in.
Lighting was a big consideration in this project. The homeowners wanted to be able to control lighting in the entire house from multiple locations and that is exactly what has been accomplished by incorporating the latest electronic lighting controls. Lighting has been designed for both function and ambiance complimenting the many amenities including the maple floor, cherry cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen with is many features – features affordable for all of us.
Enter the master suite and the most apparent feature is the large amount of natural light that washes
the entire room and boldly embraces an outdoor panorama as viewed through the 12’ Marvin patio
door dressed with elliptical window – opening to an outdoor roofed balcony with curved glass raling
so view to pool is not obscured.
The cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom adds dimension to this view.
The master bath incorporates heated ceramic floors and walls in shower and bath floor plus a steam shower with multiple shower heads. The three-sided gas fireplace in the bedroom can also be enjoyed from the corner whirlpool tub.
Beautiful French pocket doors with stained glass created by the homeowner separate the bath from the vanity area. Not the his and her vanities. They were designed to compliment an antique dresser in their bedroom.
The antique lights above Ted’s vanity have special memories as they came from his parents’ home. Ted knew he needed a mirror but didn’t want to have the traditional mirror mounted at the back of the vanity. So he found a picture he liked and had a mirror cut to fit in the reverse side. He then mounted it with a piano hinge. When he wants to use the mirror, he simply flips the picture to the other side.
Karen’s side incorporates all things important to women. Good lighting, adequate mirror and plenty of storage space.
Another valuable ingredient in this master site is the large walk-in closet.
The large master bedroom has plenty of room for sitting and relaxing, reading a good book or catching up on much needed rest. Note the view from the balcony. A perfect spot for enjoying your morning coffee and special moments together.
As part of this whole house remodel, the owners gained a larger family room, office, laundry room and bath on the main level with convenient access from the pool. The mirror in this ½ bath is a family heirloom. Another part of this project was to give Ted access to the basement level of the new addition from the garage without having to walk through the entire house. This was accomplished by adding a stairway from the existing garage to the new basement level of the addition. Also, an in-process decision to add a loft in son Dan’s bedroom accessed by a spiral staircase made a cozy study.