Award Winners Project 4

Project 4: Award-Winning Whole House Remodel

2003 CotY: Metro DC Chapter Best Whole House Remodel under $250,000

"Bursting at the seams!" That is how these homeowners described their living situation before the remodeling project transformed the entire house.

An active family with two small children, the homeowners had an extensive wish list. They desired an open floor plan that would add some casual living space to the kitchen, which would also be remodeled. The small kitchen was a corridor that provided access to the partially finished basement and backyard where all the outdoor activities happened. This resulted in traffic congestion and many distractions for the person cooking. They wanted their new, more efficient kitchen to have views of the backyard for monitoring the children's activities, and for it to be situated to redirect traffic around the kitchen work area. They decided that their informal lifestyle did not require a formal dining room, and they wanted to have a variety of casual dining options included in the design. They wanted a master bedroom/bath suite and to remodel the existing bathroom. They hoped to relocate the children's bedrooms to the basement and finish it to provide a free-play area. They also desired to enhance the curb appeal of their home, and did not want to spend more than $200,000 for the entire remodeling project.

Working within the budget was the biggest obstacle to overcome. As the scope of work was defined, many options were considered and discarded. As a design/build firm, we found ways to give the homeowners a "WOW" factor in the family room with a coffered ceiling and saved money using standard-sized windows and transoms in lieu of a custom feature window wall. The homeowners chose to re-use the stove/oven and dishwasher in favor of spending the savings on a new refrigerator/freezer. The big splurge in the kitchen was for a granite countertop and tumbled marble tile backsplash. More savings were realized with a laminate countertop chosen to complement the granite and marble.

The master suite created a private retreat for the homeowners, with a luxurious soaking tub in the master bath. The children's bedrooms now serve as a guest room and study. The basement was finished without any frills, and the windows in the children's new bedroom meet egress codes while providing natural light. The basement bathroom was renovated with new fixtures and no special features. The entry was reworked inside with a foyer/closet and tiled floor. From the outside the home is now approached via a new brick walkway and the new portico provides shelter from bad weather while enhancing the curb appeal of the home.

In the end, the homeowners did increase their budget to accomplish their goals, although they have no regrets and feel the money was well spent. The family now has the space they desperately needed, and feel their remodeling project provided results that exceeded their expectations.

Family Room of Whole House Remodel

Kitchen Breakfast Area

Remodeled Kitchen

Sunroom of Whole House Remodel

Renovated Bathroom of Whole House Remodel