Remodels and Additions
Whether you’re planning a simple room addition, a whole house renovation, or a pop- top, remodeling a home can be the most difficult and rewarding accomplishment for both architect and owner.
The way we live has changed over time. Are you living in a house that doesn’t work for you and are ready to make some changes? At Archevie Design, our goal is to make your house fit your lifestyle, helping you make the most of your space, reorganizing what’s not working in your environment, and adding space if and where it’s needed.
Remodels and additions can be the most expensive per square foot of any residential construction. One of the biggest challenges in a remodel project is preserving what can be saved of the original structure, limiting the size of an addition, and reorganizing and reusing existing spaces.
Designing a remodel is both an art and a science. The art is making a seamless connection between the old and new. The science is in understanding building and mechanical systems to make it all work together.
Blending the Old and the New
An example of blending the old and new is pictured on the left. The original home was built in the early 1980’s. The owner’s main complaint was the size and location of the kitchen and nook. In the original design, the kitchen was very small and dark, with the main circulation from the garage through this tiny space. They wanted a new larger kitchen and nook that would be the heart of the home and take advantage of views from the front of the house.
There was also no sense of entry to the house, with the front door opening into a 3’ by 3’ space directly in front of the stairs. The house was situated on a large lot with the garage and driveway on the the side.
The solution was to think "outside of the box" and move the entry to the side of the house and provide a dramatic vaulted entry space within. This freed up the front of the house, where the old entry was located, for the new large kitchen and nook.
Adding a Second Floor for a Growing Family
Another example is pictured on the right. The existing house was a double wide modular on a raised foundation. The basement was already nicely finished. The family was struggling with space, having three young children and a parent living with them. The modular was well built and able to hold a second floor, so the solution was to expand into a second floor, or "pop the top". First floor spaces were reorganized and an attached garage was added.
Both projects resulted in beautiful makeovers and testaments to the owners’ fortitude, both families not only continued to live in the houses throughout construction, but also provided a great deal of the labor.
Please contact us for a free on-site consultation and evaluation of your home. No project is too large or too small.