When our clients bought their new home, they knew they had found a great location, but the house needed some love! Their home is located in Burlington, close to UVM, and had seen many good college parties in its former life as a rental duplex. They contacted us to renovate the chopped up house into their dream home.
What a pleasure it was to take a beaten down duplex and transform it into a gorgeous three bedroom, two-bath single family home. After the homeowners had a small home-wrecking party, the project was officially launched. An extensive demolition process was followed by the removal of many of the existing downstairs walls. An open living space provides clean sight lines throughout the first floor with the living room, kitchen, and dining room flowing seamlessly towards the new deck and backyard. Other significant changes and upgrades include: a downstairs ¾ bathroom that was moved and greatly improved; the bathroom upstairs was transformed, complete with his and hers sinks, a soaking tub, and tiled shower; a gaspowered fireplace was installed in the living room with custom flanking bookcases; and two entry areas were created with ample storage and a washer/dryer.
As with most old houses in Vermont, the mechanical systems needed to be upgraded, as well. Extensive work to the electrical system, heating plan, and plumbing were needed to keep up with the layout changes and make the space more comfortable. In order to improve energy efficiency, spray foam insulation was added from top to bottom as well as new entry doors and new windows. Moreover, the client works for Seventh Generation which provides a generous incentive for employees to purchase energy-efficient appliances. This included all the kitchen appliances, an on-demand hot water heater, and an efficient boiler.
Furthermore, while most of the focus was on the interior of the house, the outside of the house was also modified. The roofs of the sunroom/home office, dining room, and back side of the house were removed and reframed in order to improve ceiling height. A small front porch was enlarged to enhance the appearance and flow of the front entrance. Additionally, an exterior deck was added to create a place for summer enjoyment as well as upgrade the back entrance which is close to the garage. Lastly, new vinyl siding was installed throughout.
All of our clients know that we try as hard as possible to reuse building materials. It helps keep costs down, materials out of the landfill, and it provides us with much needed, hard to find stock when working on old homes. As an example, the entire upstairs in this project was trimmed with salvaged trim and doors. Most of the original floors were uncovered and refinished. This helps us maintain the period feel of an old house and connect the new with the old. It also helps connect one client to another. At Daron & Cathy’s open house party, a previous client and mutual friend asked us, “Where is my floor?” It was right below his feet. The narrow strip, birch flooring that we salvaged from his home was a perfect fit for a small patch needed on this project. We take great pride in our ability to connect these circles as well as the extensive renovation that we performed on this home. Now, it’s ready for another century’s worth of good parties and we won the Home Builders and Remodelers’ “Best Renovation Under 250K” in 2013 for this project.