What started out as a to do list upon arrival in their new house hold many years ago, grew into a whole house remodel that cleaned the slate and will now allow our clients to relax for the next 10 years at least.
The home had been haphazardly remodeled, probably in the 50's with cabinets dating from that time period. The appliances had called it quite little by little over the years and an air conditioning system existed that must have been installed by Carrier himself. The master bath was hardly either , there was limited closet space and a metal casement window on the front elevation of the home had long ago rusted shut. The floors were worn, the kitchen floor was a collection of several surfaces and there was no powder room that is a modern necessity.
Since a total redo was necessary and the clients schedule demanded that the job be completed over the summer scholastic break, they decided to move out of the home completely and give us unfettered access to the area so that we could accomplish same. As usually happens things have a way of cropping up during such a major undertaking and we felt pressure as more and more deficiencies were discovered. I’m happy to report that both clients and their cats arrived home on schedule. An architect had been consulted and had drawn the basic floor plan which we then modified to maximize the kitchen utility and function. The rear porch was reconstructed in a new location allowing for more wall space and a control of foot traffic through the work area. The rear door was relocated and the rear window eliminated . A small island was utilized so that two could work in the small kitchen at the same time . A storage bench was built on site in the front hall to allow for the handling of seasonal clothing as the hall closet had been contributed to the kitchen foot print. Closets and passages unused in the Master bedroom area were eliminated and that space contributed to the Master bath. Closets in studies were given to adjacent bedrooms and the primitive A.C. system was removed and space for the new system was created by invading and flooring a portion of the previously inaccessible attic. We installed new Unico Hi-Velocity air for the second and third floor and installed a hard duct system for the first floor Significant electric work was done to upgrade the home, remove three phase power no longer needed and install track lighting in all major rooms so that the clients art collection could be properly show cased. Color coordination of the various surfaces resulted in a home that is now up to date cleaned, polished and ready for the next generation
Cost and Square Footage
Unfortunately no space was added to the foot print of the home but the existing space became more inviting. With painting , extensive utility work and total floor refinishing the cost was approximately $100.00 a square foot
The project has resulted in a functional space that now is able to better serve the clients needs. Pella Architectural windows now operate and allow in some fresh air. The new Master has a large inviting shower, convenient in room storage and a large attractive vanity area. The guest room can now be shown off with out embarrassment, though hardly needed with the powder room not on the first floor. There is a humidity control system in place to protect the art work that can now he hung on newly painted and plastered walls. The kitchen now has modern conveniences like a warming drawer, exhaust fan, wall oven and significantly more storage with two new pantry cabinets.
Project principals included Thomson Remodeling Co as General, David Gleason Associates, Inc was the architectural firm. Thomas Parks and his son Tom Jr .performed the carpentry and with the help of Casper Sippel Electric, Saffer Plumbing , M.B. Reidenour executing the project. All the ceramic tile was done by Frank Berkowitcz and the photos of Howard Wrights great paint job are by Andres Frenyo.
Products included: Adelphi Cabinets, Pella windows, Kohler plumbing products, and Florida brand tile. Natural stone counters were by Counter Intelligence and Cummins Appliances supplied the needed items.