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Home Builders Association of Charlotte
Excellence In Remodeling 2012 – Gold Award Winner Additions 280 ~ 400K
A spacious tree-canopied lot on a quiet in-town street with a modest 2488 SF two-story house built in 1964 with 8 foot tall ceilings and sheet vinyl kitchen and baths; sounds like a candidate for the bulldozer. Not the case for this structure with a creative plan and a resourceful owner. The growing and active family wanted to make this location their dream home with a place for everything for all the ages.
The basic footprint and room configuration was acceptable so we pushed and pulled the first floor plan to expand in the right spaces for the master bedroom and bath and live-in kitchen-den. Keeping the solid foundation with brick veneer up to the first floor ceiling, the second floor was cut free and lifted an additional 2 feet with all hardwood flooring remaining. The staircase was reworked and with access to an added third floor. Environmental conscious pursuits included reusing concrete and brick as rubble fill material. Single pane windows were reused as a glazed light-well at the third floor stairwell at the third floor. Only two trees were felled and there was minimal ground disturbance. Unused appliances were donated.
The new plan added 1123 S.F. heated to the existing. It extends connection to the outside with a left side screened porch and a front terrace wrapping the corner to a right side porte-cochere. The rear patio links to the shop-garage via the roofed service court walk. Circulation abounds throughout the house and even within master the master and children’s bedroom suites. Groceries can be dropped off directly to the kitchen at the porte-cochere. From the garage there is a weather-protected path to the mudroom-laundry at the den and main hallway.
The once rather generic brick veneer colonial house was transformed into an estate quality Italian Renaissance style villa planted firmly into the tree-canopied site.
The owner was eager to maximize the energy efficiency of the home. The contractor took advantage of the fully open-wall phase of the remodeling to install a full envelope of Icynene blown-in closed-cell foam. The efficiency of the home was further enhanced by use of an innovative Rheem Tankless High Efficiency Condensing DHW Heater. The new concept single heater serves both the Domestic Hot Water and the Air Handler coils. Other energy efficient features included all Energy Star rated appliances, Sealed Crawl Space, Grey Water Conservation and diversion for irrigation plus highly rated doors and windows. The home earned an “Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit” as well as “Energy Star Rating” and a highly favorable “54 HERS Rating.”