FRONT ENTRY IS COMPLETE!

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MASTER SWEEEET!

While this remodel included at reworking of the front entry (which, if you'll recall, was missing a proper foundation), the primary focus was creating a master suite on the first floor for these homeowners, who consider the home on Frieze their forever home. It's coming together quickly - you'll notice that walk-in closet looking spiffy, as well as the space-saving pocket door. I'll throw in a couple shots of the exterior front entry work and you're all caught up.


A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL! TILE INSTALLATION BEGINS

Our tile finishes for this project include a wood grain floor tile by Anatolia Tile and basket-weave look on the curbless shower floor!


MAKING IT WORK!

Drywall for this project was challenging.  This took approximately two and a half weeks longer than it should have; we had several unexpected delays. While our clients struggled to see progress during this phase (due to required drying times),  we made the most of the setback! We decided to combine our tile prep work and complete drywall finishing at the same time, therefore keeping the project on schedule and ready to move along.  

We know that each project will have unexpected elements to deal with, and we pride ourselves on our 20 years' worth of experience and our ability to complete a job on time and on budget - no matter what.

The shower features a curbless entry. What this means is that a waterproofing membrane is extended beyond the shower itself and into the main shower floor. This will provide our clients with the ability to walk freely into the shower without fear of tripping. It will help this home meet their needs in the future.


INSULATION

The old sunroom, which was cold and drafty, used fiberglass insulation. We've removed the drywall and this insulation to make way for new heat supply and heat return.  We wanted the best insulation possible in this space, so we went with a closed-cell spray foam.

For the new master bathroom's exterior walls, we also went with closed-cell spray foam, achieving a maximum R-value of 21 in a 2x4 stud wall. You will notice the framing of the shower wall is double framed, allowing for full depth of insulation behind the water supplies in the shower. We utilized a dense-pack cellulose for the second floor attic space.  


MECHANICALS

The mechanical phase is always a fun dance between planning and execution. We were able to rework all locations feeding the second floor and create a new heated space in the sunroom utilizing existing joist spaces in the basement. This means we don't need to have a drop soffit in the basement - so there's no visual (or actual) change in the ceiling height clearances in the basement in order to heat and cool the sunroom.

We also utilized our system of tape and index cards to indicate the locations of outlets, switches, and fixtures before any mechanical work comes in. We also had the pleasure of working with a nice large bathtub template for our freestanding bathtub!


FRAMING THE FOREVER HOME

There are four areas of framing on this job. First is framing in a new addition (under an existing roof line) at the front porch. Second is framing modifications to the existing walls inside the house, creating a master suite our clients have always wanted. Third is framing a wall in the existing unheated sunroom to make way for heating.  The fourth framing project is dropping a small soffit below an existing overhang of the foundation; this will create additional insulation space to protect the plumbing.


FOUNDATION FIX

If you read our post about the demo of this front porch, you know that this foundation needed serious help.  The existing slab was removed and new perimeter block was installed.


DEMO TIME!

While completing demo on the front porch of this home, we discovered that it had been built without a proper foundation. We'll definitely remedy this big problem when we build them their new front porch and entry! Notice below the great drawing Matt (our Project Manager) has done on-site, verifying measurements after demo.  These drawings help to keep everyone on the same page, and display information in a quickly comprehensible way.

 

Dustwalls are paramount in a demo situation, as they can help keep damaged or toxic materials from the rest of the home, as well as delineate safe living spaces from active work areas.

 

HERE'S THE PLAN.

After 20 years, our clients to desire to turn their great home into a forever home. They desire an aging-in-place design that includes a large master bathroom and closet, as well as updates to their cramped front entry and sunroom. While they are attracted to more contemporary details, they want to retain some of the original 1945 charm in the design.

 

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Client Remodeling Goals

After 20 years, our clients to desire to turn their great home into a forever home. They desire an aging-in-place design that includes a large master bathroom and closet, as well as updates to their cramped front entry and sunroom. While they are attracted to more contemporary details, they want to retain some of the original 1945 charm in the design.


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Our Design Solutions

We'll repurpose an awkward office space to create a spacious, first-floor master suite that will better meet their needs over time.  Their new master suite features a walk-in closet with laundry, large curbless shower and a luxurious standalone bathtub.

We also extended the existing front entry to create a usable mudroom space; with the addition of a new porch, the entry to their home will be more accessible and inviting. Their sunroom, now fully insulated, will serve as a more defined office and studio space.

New contemporary details, repurposed original hardwoods and a more meaningful layout work together to make this home a unique and personal forever home for our clients.


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