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Extreme Whole House Makeovers
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This ‘extreme makeover’ involved a total rebuild of a cottage destroyed by fire.
The side facing the lake features a combination of large fixed windows for a spectacular view and smaller sliding units for ventilation. A large, multi-level deck provides plenty of room for relaxing and entertaining.
Interior features include a kitchen opening into a spacious living room and an ‘open foyer’ above the kitchen with a balconied bedroom area. Note how the 5’ x 10’ windows afford a beautiful view of Conesus Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
The area above the kitchen creates an atmosphere of openness. The bedrooms are on the left.
Each bedroom has a ‘window wall’ view of the lake with smaller windows for ventilation.
The combined living room/dinette/closet/kitchen area of the first floor.
The living room is designed to focus on either the view over the lake or the fireplace/entertainment center on the left.
This project was the addition of a completely new second story over an existing home. The homeowners also elected to stay in their home during construction, a challenge successfully met by hard work by our staff and trade partners, a well-designed plan by architect Tom Doughty, and helpful input from the owners during planning and construction. Work began the day after Labor Day 2007, and the second story structure was installed, weather-tight, in four working days. Total construction time was forty-three working days.
Day One - Removal of the existing roof.
Day Two - The second floor deck is leveled and built. Plumbers and heating/AC contractor run necessary lines before sub-floor is laid.
Day Three - All exterior walls framed and set in place.
Day Four - Trusses set, and roof sheeted and shingled. The door opening is a temporary lengthening of a future window, and was used for access to the work area to keep dust and debris out of the lower level during the majority of construction.
A powerlift chair provides access to the new second floor addition for anyone needing help climbing stairs.
A Universal Design shower includes a seat and waist-level controls.
The completed second story addition, front view.
The completed second story addition, rear view. Note extension of fireplace flue.
A total transformation of a Pittsford colonial, featuring a great room, upstairs bathroom over the garage, screened in porch, and open porch.
A nice addition (18' x 26') in Scottsburg after basement excavation under existing home was completed along with the addition. This structure will be used for an office and capitalizes on a beautiful view of the surrounding valley.
Conversion of an existing raised ranch (center) into a split level with master bedroom/bath over a family room (left side) with a two car garage added (right side).
A bedroom/bathroom addition to an older house in Springwater, which also featured a complete excavation under the old structure and construction of a full basement.
This project involved extensive redesign of a home in Livonia to add features missing from the original house. The homeowner wanted to add a garage, extra bedroom, extra bathroom and a family room; and to modernize the kitchen and combine two small bedrooms into a master suite with its own bath.
The completed project from the exterior.
A new Wood-Mode Brookhaven kitchen combines modern features with a door which matches the original style of the house.
One of the interesting features of this project is the use of an extensive 3-level stairway and handrail system connecting the original house to the new addition.
Stained French doors lead into the new family room and its focal point – a gas fireplace with custom-built stonework and mantle.
Note the tops of the doors and crown molding, which were designed to match the woodwork and trim in the older part of the house.
This project satisfied the owners’ desires for more room in a small lakeside dwelling. The lot size precluded expanding outward. The architect’s solution involved upgrading all mechanical features, adding a bonus room and replacing the windows and siding as well as the roof.
These photos illustrate the bonus room and show how the architect provided a large viewing window overlooking the lake. A small porch was added for lakeside relaxation. Interior features include a greatroom with a furnace-rated gas fireplace, which can heat the whole structure. The loft area adds 150 square feet of bedroom space.
Architect: Art Renauto
A total rebuild of a cottage on Conesus Lake. This entailed removal of the entire roof section and front wall and replacement of the original roof rafters, with a cathedral ceiling truss on the front part of the structure and an attic truss for storage on the back part. At the same time, all the obsolete, single-glass windows were replaced with low-E argon-filled Pella units. Thirty-five-year architectural roof shingles and vinyl siding completed the job. This project was completed in 2-1/2 weeks from start to finish.