The Hosches were referred to Sensible Home Solutions by Atlanta real-estate superstar Alix Nadi. They were in the market to buy a new home for their expanding family, but like most homebuyers, couldn’t find a home that offered them everything they wanted at a price they could afford. After exhausting most of the options for sale in their price range, they decided to look at homes with potential for a renovation and/or addition. The Hosches narrowed their choices down to two finalists and asked SHS to review the homes to explore construction options prior to making an offer.
The home they went with was a 4br/3ba, 2600sf ranch home originally built in the 1960’s. Working with the Hosches and their architect, Dawn Bennett, we developed a plan for a 1900sf second story addition that would give them the additional space they needed. The project was unique because the Hosches elected to live in the home during the construction process. SHS took special measures to seal off the work areas from the main house. We also created a compressed work schedule to reduce the amount of time the homeowners had to endure the construction.
Three months later the final product was complete. The single story colonial ranch was transformed into a gorgeous 2-story, 4500sf home with Craftsman accents. The project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule and actually came in under budget.
Check out the photos and details to see what we did and how we did it!
The homeowners wanted a craftsman look and feel so they elected to use cedar shake on the new additions. They also went with an architectural shingle to provide roof detail, and selected a decorative metal roofing to go over the front porch. The powder bathroom with the oval window was created by enclosing space from the front porch, which increased the first floor square footage without impacting the footprint. We also closed in the open-air carport and added decorative garage doors to create an attractive exterior appearance. We primed and painted the brick which is a characteristic of many craftsmen style homes. Finally, we added nine structural piers in the crawl space to support the weight of the new second floor.
First floor renovation
On the first floor we made several significant changes. Our first task was turning a small sitting room into the new stairwell to the second floor. We removed a wall between a tool storage room and the laundry room to create a large laundry/mud room off of the garage. We also created a new interior entrance into this mudroom, which was previously only accessible from the garage. A new bathroom was created by claiming space from the large front porch. We removed the entry door from the garage in the kitchen, reconfigured the cabinetry, and added a large walk-in pantry. We pulled up the carpet throughout the first floor with the intention of installing hardwoods and were surprised to find existing hardwood floors. Instead, we refinished the existing floors and passed the savings along to the homeowners.
Second floor addition
The most challenging aspect of the second floor addition was the removal of existing roof structure. The Hosch family was living in the space below so we had to cover the home with massive tarps to fend off the inclement weather. The roof tear-off presented other challenges as well, revealing unforeseen conditions that had to be addressed. Electrical, phone, security, cable, and plumbing lines had to be moved to properly prepare for the second story construction. Once the actual construction began it was smooth sailing. We had the walls and rafters up within 3 days and we were dried in (sheathing and roofing installed) within a week. The rest of the construction moved along seamlessly as expected.
The pictures above were taken during the initial stages of construction.