Photo By Criner Remodeling. Addition/Deck


It's a good thing that real estate is all about location, because the owners of this 1980s Colonial-style house loved the location of their house, but not the house itself. So these clients decided to stop looking to buy the perfect house and undertook a major renovation. The house presented two general problems for the clients. First was a perpetually cluttered entry area. With no side entrance, the clients' two young boys tended to come in from school and drop their belongings by the front door. And because the washer and dryer were under the steps, laundry tended to pile up in the same area, compounding the problem. To address this, we built an addition on the right side of the house, which had a side entrance into a mudroom and a separate laundry room. The second problem pertained to their culinary talents and the popularity of their parties. Crowds of 50 to 100 people regularly descend upon this house, and cramped spaces and bottlenecks were common throughout the house. If it rained, there was no gathering space large enough to accommodate a crowd. To address this, we enlarged the family room with an addition, and added and relocated a number of doors to allow guests to circulate freely. We also replaced all the downstairs floor coverings, replaced the downstairs bathroom, redesigned and rebuilt the back deck and covered area, and painted the entire house. The clients now love both their location and their house, because it has been redesigned to support their family and social life.