We are getting ready to begin a significant (read: scary!) renovation to our 1923 Craftsman bungalow. Currently, the house is approximately 1200 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Renovations were probably last done 15-20 years ago. We’ve been in the house for three years, and we think (hope) that we have a pretty good idea where we want to go from here.
The Plan: (Take a deep breath! I know I will.)
- Add a second story. (Yes, you heard that right.) This will add about 800 square feet to the house, which will be a monster size master suite. It will also require reinforcing and adding to the stem wall and pier system that currently holds up the house. Thankfully, we have a pretty good size crawlspace, so hopefully we will have room to maneuver during this process.
- Extend the exterior walls to increase the size of the back of the house. This will include removing a previously enclosed back porch. The result will be a bigger kitchen (Yeah!), a new layout for the laundry room, and another access point to the back patio.
- Remove and rebuild the chimney. The current chimney is damaged as a result of a tree that had grown too close to the house. Also, because the roofline will be higher, the chimney will need to be taller. We will also move the firebox to center it on the living room wall. (Right now, it is just off-center enough to be noticeable.)
- Reside the house. We will use Hardie siding to match what we used on the garage we have already built.
- Reroof the house. Again, we will match the garage by using a standing seam metal roof.
- Get rid of one of the current bathrooms and move the other to make way for stairs to the new second floor.
- Oh yeah, and we will be putting in a pool – because really, why not?
There will, of course, be many more details to come, but this is general scope of it.