Whole House Remodels
Livable Community Winner
Special Feature STAR Award – 2006 2006 Chrysalis Award Best Accessible Remodel 2007 Livable Communities Award Featured on the 2006 Remodelers’ Home Tour Located in Raleigh, NC
This Raleigh home started out as a duplex. The homeowner was thinking about removing the wall separating the units. As you can see, the remodeling project evolved in to much more than that. The expansive ranch design of this remodeled home incorporates making living easy for people of all ability levels. The design also ensures the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years, and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. From the moment you see this house from the curb you realize that the grade slopes have been minimized to make the zero step street-side entrance.
There is a small covered porch and ipe deck on the front side of the home. The house has low maintenance Hardie plank on the outside with energy efficient Andersen Low E windows throughout. The ThermaTru front entry door adds additional energy efficiency and the sidelights allow one to identify callers before answering the door. The HVAC units are gas furnaces with 13 seer air conditioners for energy efficiency. These units are zoned in to two separate zones one upstairs and the other downstairs. At the back of the home there is an oversized deck/carport with Dryspace installed on the underside providing cover from the elements while unloading passengers or groceries. We constructed a custom car turn pad by building a masonry retaining wall and backfilling this area with stone then we paved it with concrete and built a 3 foot security wall on top. This provides ease in accessing the busy street in front of the home. The hallway leading from the back door to the 2 stop elevator with hardwood flooring, through the future care givers residence, is an ample 5 feet wide. This makes getting groceries up to the main kitchen a breeze. All flooring on this level is porcelain tile with epoxy grout for easy maintenance and cleaning.
This level includes a separate kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms and could easily be converted into a caretaker’s quarters if that ever becomes necessary. There is also some additional conditioned storage on this level. Upon entering this remodeled Raleigh home from the front door one can see that there are no hallways on the main level and each door is 3′ wide or wider which maximizes sight lines. Wherever possible pocket doors have been utilized. Level door hardware has been utilized on all other doors. Hardwood flooring with a finish that minimizes glare or tile has been installed throughout the main floor. There is zoned recessed can lighting and task lighting strategically placed throughout the house that are controlled by rocker panel light switches. The entire home is wired for sound with convenient controls located in the master bedroom and basement studio that allows you to control the stereo from these locations. There is internet available in each room of the home through structured wiring. There is a flat screen television mounted in an entertainment center on a swivel so this can be viewed from several angles. In the kitchen, all base cabinetry includes pullouts or drawers with oversized handles enabling the user easy access. The controls are on the front of the gas cooktop make it an easy reach. There is a potfiller on the back wall behind the cooktop. The side by side refrigerator/freezer makes items easy to reach for everyone. Upon entering the laundry room your eye is immediately drawn to the new front loading appliances with plenty of usable countertop space. This room includes tile flooring with epoxy grout for low maintenance and easy maneuverability. The remodeled guest bathroom is next to the laundry room and also has the tile floor and countertop.
So it’s through the double french doors in to the study with coffered ceiling and on to the rest of the house. This includes a guest bathroom, office, ipe deck and many other features. The remodeled master bedroom suite is complete with a custom closet constructed with Showplace cabinetry providing variable height rods and storage. As you enter the master bathroom you realize there is a Curbless shower stall with an integral seat and a hand held shower on an adjustable slide bar. This shower is controlled by a thermostatic control shower valve and a pressure balanced shower valve to prevent any surprises. When this shower was constructed blocking was strategically installed to plan for future grab bar installation if necessary. The shower door provides easy access since it can swing both ways. There is a multi level solid surface vanity with an integral sinks for easy cleanup. Ample turn around space has been provided in front of the shower and multi-level countertops if this homeowner ever becomes mobility challenged. The Toto toilet is a comfort height. The controls for the bathtub were placed on the outside edge of the tub so they are within easy reach of anyone. This bathroom is an example of an accessible bathroom that does not have the antiquated, institutional look of accessible bathrooms in the past. From top to bottom this remodeled Raleigh house was constructed to be a home for life.
Bringing History Back to Life
Featured in the 2007 Remodelers’ Home Tour a Whole House Remodel in Raleigh, NC
This home buyer saw the potential for this Raleigh Craftsman-style bungalow. He wanted to restore its historic charm and integrity while modernizing. By utilizing previously overlooked space, the home is now a masterpiece of functionality and expanded living. Come and see what the skilled craftsmanship has done to restore this historic home to its intrinsic condition. This home is a spectacular example of what can be achieved when a homeowner, a designer with an eye for historic detail, and a remodeler combine their talents and vision. They have tackled a project of this magnitude and managed to keep the historic integrity while creating a project where all parties can truly take pride in their accomplishments.
Whole House Remodel
What homeowner would not enjoy a patio in the front yard of their home where they can relax and watch the world go by while preparing their evening meal in their outdoor kitchen?
We started on the first floor with the kitchen and worked our way up from there. The kitchen now boasts new cherry cabinets and island from Showplace Wood Products. They are topped with River White granite countertops. New stainless steel appliances and tile floor compliment the new tile backsplash and make this entire area an attractive and efficient workspace. We created a cased opening in the wall between the family room and living room to give the home a better flow from room to room. The powder room has also been updated. We stripped wallpaper, repainted and refinished the hardwood floors before moving upstairs. On our way, we even remodeled the staircase.
The second floor is host to a newly remodeled guest bathroom complete with a tub/shower combination with an adjoining laundry room.
The owner’s bedroom has a broom cabinet with an ironing board. The double vanity is separated by a tower constructed from Showplace cabinetry.
Even the cats are happy with a “kitty” bathroom of their own under the master bathroom tub deck.