House & HomeMay 22, 2014

Breaking Ground!

So today is the big day- we break ground on our new addition!  This part of any renovation is stressful, but I’m trying to just focus on the good part- the end game!  This addition solves so many issues we have with our house- namely adding a master suite (and finally having more than one full bathroom), a laundry room on the main level, a coat closet (we had to take the one that existed out last time to open up the flow of the house and I have a coat addiction so…. it’s kinda messy up in here), pantry for more food/kitchen storage, a garage that works and fits a modern car and widening our driveway.

Here is our house as it is now (well, as it was in the fall).

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This is the section that’s being knocked down!

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Above the garage is a bedroom that you can only access right now through a 36″ high mini door. It’s so strange (but would have rocked my world when I was little!) Andrew’s office will become our master bathroom and off this will be our new master bedroom!

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Getting out of our cars in this driveway has been a challenge to say the least.I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cursed it and/or fell on my face. Also pretty psyched to get rid of that flagpole.  We will be making this double width and using a stacked fieldstone retaining wall on the left hand side.

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Here are the elevations for the addition as designed by my Dad’s firm.  Doing an addition on a hip roof house on a raised lot proved to be tricky but he did a great job (per usual)!

 

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On this side we put a door to access the garage and one of the most exciting pieces of this reno- a central air compressor! No more window units! YAY!!!!

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We couldn’t put any windows on the mail level of the addition due to the location of the coat closet and laundry room so we’re going to put a large trellis on it and I hope to grow something gorgeous up the back to add interest- roses or wisteria perhaps- and below that a little veggie garden!

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All this activity is sure exciting for us, but not as much for our amazing neighbors to the side of us! We adore them, so as an offering I dropped off this yesterday! Let’s hope this is a quick, issue-less three months!

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