This classic ranch home was built in 1952 by the owner’s father. Our goal was to update the home for the 21st century, giving the homeowners a larger, modern kitchen, office spaces and a master suite, while maintaining the ranch character of the home and it’s scale in the neighborhood. View the floorplan »
The home features:
- Larger master bedroom, added master bath, his-and-her offices
- Enlarged kitchen with induction cooktop, steam oven, double wall ovens, grill, large desk and separate baking center
- Repaired and refinished oak flooring
- Furnace relocated and humidifier added
- Clean Effects air filtration system and an Energy Recovery Ventilator
- Rinnai tankless heater
- Insulation upgraded to R-27 in the walls and R-49 in the attic
Very little had been done to the home since it was built and it was time to upgrade electrical systems, insulation, ventilation, roofing, windows and siding and to bring the home up to current safety code standards with egress windows in the bedrooms and basement, along with a wider stairway.
The addition to the home was done along the length of the house facing the back yard. We added 12 feet across the back of the home and the existing single car attached garage (See plans). This gave us room to add a master bath between the existing bathroom and the new larger master bedroom, enlarge the kitchen , dining room, and to add his-and-hers offices. The result is a larger, open floor plan in the main living area, with a vaulted ceiling, direct access to the deck and yard and a lot more light.
To accomplish our goals, the house was taken down to the studs and the original roof was disassembled and the back walls removed. This allowed us to remove asbestos, straighten and fir out the existing walls, replace the wool batt insulation with Corbond, remove old wiring, and reframe for the addition.
Wherever feasible and practical, we have recycled and reused existing pieces of the original home. We discovered that the rafters were beautiful, clear grain Douglas fir 2x8s, so those were saved and re-milled for flooring, trim, wainscot and cabinets. The garage door was saved and many of the interior doors will be re-installed. All the original oak flooring was saved, repaired and refinished in the two front bedrooms and the oak from the original master bedroom was removed and reinstalled in the new dining room for a seamless floor with the living room. Several older windows were re-used in the detached garage on the alley and one will be installed in the new laundry room’s interior wall to bring in some light and to add a whimsical touch to the stairway.
This remodel has created a healthier, more energy efficient home. The furnace was relocated and upgraded with a humidifier, Clean Effects air filtration system and an Energy Recovery Ventilator. The old hot water heater has been replaced with a Rinnai tankless heater and the appliances with Energy Star rated products. Insulation has been upgraded to R-27 in the walls and R-49 in the attic. New, larger low-e wood windows bring in more light more efficiently. The new 50 year roof in an improved configuration eliminates an old ice dam and leakage problem on the north side, preventing water damage and mold.
In addition to making the home energy efficient and more functional, the owners took the opportunity to add some luxury. A whole house sound system was installed for the owner, an audiophile, which includes speakers in the master suite, offices and main living area. The dream kitchen includes an induction cooktop, steam oven, double wall ovens, grill, large desk and separate baking center. The master suite includes a chromatherapy air tub and rainshower with a custom vanity and tile.
This was an extensive project that will pay dividends in years to come for the homeowner in function, energy conservation and quality of life.