First Floor: New Addition (446 sq. ft.) Existing Living Space Renovation (1115 sq. ft.)
Second Floor: New Addition (700 sq. ft.) Existing Living Space Renovation (296 sq. ft.)
This little house is a rare find in this popular suburb of Boston. Most houses of this scale are knocked down and replaced with much larger homes. Our client liked the potential charm of this small structure and had no interest in a big home that is required by the economics of a knock-down. Still, the house needed work. It had 2 bedrooms, one on the 1st floor and one on the second floor squeezed into the attic space. The front door enters directly into the dining room, the back door directly into the living room. The coat closet was in the kitchen, and there was no door between the open stair and the 2nd floor attic space and the bedroom there.
The goal was to create a new everyday entry accessible to the detached garage and driveway. The ceremonial front entry was enhanced with a covered front porch. For the bedrooms we wanted to get 4 total, including an owner’s suite.
This started with rebuilding the roof, increasing the rafter pitch and introducing dormers, which allowed for 2 conforming bedrooms and a full size bathroom in the footprint of the old attic. The master suite was designed in the proposed addition above the renovated 1st floor bedroom and new entry.