Residential Addition Over $250,000

This Mid-Century Modern extensive whole home renovation and addition made our client’s home grander and more equipped to live the lifestyle they needed and wanted. The design team optimized the gorgeous view beyond the backyard and created an amazing space for indoor/outdoor entertaining while addressing water drainage issues. Integrating universal design elements and on-trend design a chef-inspired kitchen with professional-grade appliances, ample workspace, storage, and accessible features was created. Additional living areas include a luxurious master bedroom suite and a great room.  The goal, as always, is to serve the homeowners with excellence through honest communication, quality construction, creativity, and integrity.

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Our client’s home in their preferred neighborhood has a fabulous view beyond their backyard, but their home was not big enough or equipped to live the lifestyle they needed and wanted. After five years as a rental property, it was time to create a home they would love. They asked us to do a whole home remodel with an addition to enlarge their living area providing a spacious Master Suite. Their dream was to optimize the gorgeous view and create an amazing space for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Her focus for the home included: a luxurious master bath, a large “Hers” closet, and implementing universal design principles due to her mild cerebral palsy, without it being glaringly obvious. His focus, being a Chef with a passion for entertaining, was the new kitchen. It needed to have professional-grade appliances, plenty of workspace and storage, and include accessible features for the wife. They both wanted us to address the water drainage issues across the back of the home.

During the Design and Planning phase, our designer, an MCKBR and UDCP certified professional, prioritized their list and provided price-conscious options where appropriate to maintain their budget. For the space plan, we would increase the square footage by extending two existing exterior walls to net an additional 500 sq. ft. To help solve drainage issues and open the back of the house for the view, we would design a shed roof, making the back wall of the home taller than the modest front. The view beyond their backyard would be captured through new low-threshold 8 ft. tall multi-slide glass doors. This addition would repurpose existing space to include a new living room, the master bedroom, and an ensuite universally designed master bath.

The remodel for the rest of the home would update electrical wiring from two prong outlets, add LED lighting, and include new finishes. Our client’s front room felt small and boxed in without much light, removing the wall that separated it from the kitchen, and opened the space so that now there is a clear line of sight from the front to the back of the house. We would create additional light by replacing the front door, adding LED can light, and an LED ceiling light fixture. Stained concrete floors would be covered with glued-down engineered wood flooring. Two existing bedrooms off the hallway would get a facelift to become a home office and a guest bedroom. The guest bedroom with an existing ensuite bath had a secondary entry door that we would enclose to increase the wall space. It would receive new carpeting, lighting, and paint. An existing built-in hall cabinet would receive new doors and hardware maintaining the charm of the era of the home.

We would completely demo the original kitchen and renovate the space for our client’s new wet bar and dining area. The wet bar would include accessible storage for place settings, an accessible ice maker, a small bar sink, and glass door wall cabinets for decorative storage. The kitchen would be relocated to the addition transforming the space. Custom-built cabinets with flushed-mounted chef-grade appliances and a large island were designed with accessible storage solutions, functionality, and universal design elements.

Off this new kitchen, we would remove a wall that previously enclosed an undefined living space. Then to annex off a new laundry room and maximize the space for the kitchen we would build a new wall under an existing beam to create the perfect size room for laundry and additional storage. This new space would have semi-custom cabinets, a laminate counter with sink, vinyl plank flooring to resemble the engineered wood, a washer, and dryer as well as room enough for additional storage shelving units, a wine refrigerator, and a full-size second refrigerator.

Within the new living space of the addition, the pitch of the ceiling would add elevation to capture the natural light and bring in the outside view. To define the living room, we would design a vertical shiplap accent wall framing an electric fireplace which would create an amazing focal point. A doggy door would access the backyard with a magnetic sensor so that it opens for their pup and no other critters.

The new master bedroom suite, just beyond the living room, would have plenty of room for their king-size bed and a recessed niche for large furniture while maintaining barrier-free passage. Across the exterior wall, another low-threshold 8 ft. tall multi-slide glass door would capture the view with easy access to the backyard and pool. To address lighting concerns, we would add LED recessed can lights, a ceiling fan with LED light, and hardwired directional task light fixtures on either side of the bed. Off their bedroom would be the master bath with a large zero clearance walk-in shower incorporating a bench, grab bars, storage niche, fixed shower head, and a hand shower. The master bath would have two vanities custom-built for our client’s needs, hers is a seated vanity, and his at a standard 36” height. We would position the water closet for easy access from the pool. The master suite would include his and her closet with double-hanging rods, along with pull-down rods, and walls of shelves for storage.

The entire house would have new finishes throughout to give existing rooms a facelift and consistency in their new addition. Detailed changes like kerfed flat jamb 5-panel interior doors, shaker door style cabinetry, decorative lighting fixtures, refined color palette, brushed nickel hardware, and wide plank engineered wood floors throughout the home, continue the mid-century modern design aesthetic. The repetition of interior color selections (Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze, Gossamer Veil, Anew Gray, and Pure White) would give the whole home balance and harmony. One of the biggest aesthetic changes of the front elevation would be the new roofline and the old evaporative cooler system replaced with a new heat pump and moved from the roof to the side of the home.


  • Our client’s home increased in size giving them spacious living areas and seamless indoor and outdoor entertaining
  • Universal design elements throughout provide our client who has cerebral palsy the ease and accessibility to enjoy her home and to age in place
  • French drain disappears into the beautiful landscape of their renovated backyard.


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