Launch Slideshow

Born Again

Born Again

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    Before: This 75-year-old Tudor revival cottage was proving to be a bit too small for a young and growing family.

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    Wiff Harmer

    After: More than just enhanced curb appeal, the home has been reborn with a new contemporary openness that is not just family-friendly, it’s neighborhood-friendly as well.

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    Before: The original living room in the front of the house was too small for practical use.

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    After: The small living room has become a spacious dining room that the couple uses constantly for entertaining.

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    Before: The Tudor home was certainly livable and lovely in its own way, but the look was dated and the space was limited.

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    After: Now the home still pays homage to its Tudor heritage but reigns supreme with added appeal and charm for the entire neighborhood.

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    Before: The sunroom in the rear of the house was between the one-car garage and the original kitchen.

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    Will Harmer

    After: The new great room lives up to its name in the space occupied by the garage and sunroom, along with added new construction toward the front of the house creating an all new entry.

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    Before: The original dining room was in the rear of the house.

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    After: The new kitchen is now in place of the former dining room and is the epitome of modern luxury with a Wolf oven, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a stunning marble countertop on the island.

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    Before: The small kitchen lacked counter space and was far from welcoming.

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    After: A new mudroom and home office now occupy the space where the original cramped kitchen had been.

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    The rear of the remodeled home is as welcoming as the front.

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    The new greatroom is both roomy and cozy.

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    The new front porch is the ideal spot for the parents to keep a watchful eye on their children as they romp from yard to yard throughout the neighborhood.

Priorities

  • Add new space for future expansion; open up to the front yard; improve the home’s circulation

Solutions

This 75-year-old house was craving an upgrade to fit both the current and future needs of a young family. The remodeled home now opens up to the front yard to give it a more welcoming feel. The addition of the spacious front porch is an ideal and comfortable perch for parents as the children romp through the yard.

The entry was moved to the right side of the house, which improves circulation throughout. A new living room occupies the space that once housed a single-car garage. The addition of stucco and plank siding revealed a home that hasn’t just been improved and updated, but has been reborn.

Judges’ comments

“As architecture, the renovation captures a style and weaves it convincingly through the spaces. The hidden dimension here is that the homeowner benefits from a seamless process that bypasses the typical, potentially disconnected and often protracted ‘architect and builder’ process.” —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Kohler

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Toto

Dishwasher: Asko

Entry Doors: Marvin

Hardware: Ashley

HVAC: Carrier

Interior doors: Simpson

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Chicago

Lighting fixtures: Lightolier

Oven: Wolf

Paints/stains: Porter Paint

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Roofing: CertainTeed

Siding: James Hardie

Windows: Marvin