Upside Down House Remodel

Build New, or Remodel?

Do you love your location, but not necessarily your home? Have you wondered if you should build new or remodel? That was definitely the case with this upside down house remodel. The homeowner considered the thought of building new, but could not find any lots that compared to her beautiful, tree lined backyard. That is when she called Degnan Design Builders, and we got to work right away, creating a design that flipped the layout of the home. Continue reading for the details of this amazing transformation.

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Here is the transformed home, and here is the amazing story of how it took place. The original home (as pictured below) was built in the 1980’s and featured an upside-down floor plan: bedrooms on the ground floor, and kitchen and living room on top. We began with a list of design features she needed changed, including the removal of sliding glass doors in every bedroom, and attaching a garage that was over twenty-four feet away.

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Homeowner’s Wish List

Do you feel like your wish list is just too long for a remodel? Don’t give up yet. Our homeowner had waited a long time to finally make her dream come true, and as you can imagine, came to us with quite an extensive wish list.

*A house that lives traditionally

*An impressive first floor entrance

*An attached 3+ car garage with space for several cars, a Harley, a lawn mower, and a truck with a plow

*A screen porch to preserve and emphasize the backyard view

*An open floor plan with room for large family gatherings

*A light and spacious living room

*A huge pantry and storage solutions

*A mudroom that is separate from the laundry

*A luxurious master suite on the main floor

*A maintenance free exterior

Planning Stages

Here is a floor plan that gives an idea of both the new addition, and the remodeled original shell.

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New Main Floor Entrance

Just to give you a reminder, this was the original front entrance…

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…and this is the new front entrance. Quite a transformation!

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New Garage

Remember that her garage was twenty-four feet away from the house?

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She was tired of carrying her groceries into the house via a path that began on the wrong side of a twenty-four foot driveway, and then led up 2 flights of stairs, crossed a landing, traversed a deck, and finally allowed her to step into her house.

 

 

Here is her new garage.

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With steep hills on both sides of the house, access to the backyard was nearly impossible. The solution for this lawn care challenge was to install garage doors facing both the front and backyard.

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New Screen Porch Addition

Another important thing on this homeowner’s wish list was to have a screen porch. A new screen porch now captures the picturesque views of her tree lined backyard.(as seen below)

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With a beautiful view from her screen porch as well as a custom designed patio and fire pit, she has many options for entertaining friends and family, or just enjoying a quiet evening by herself.

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New Kitchen

One of the biggest wishes of this homeowner was a place for large family gatherings. She had a large family that often came for visits, and struggled to accommodate them with her original 1980’s kitchen (pictured below)

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We designed a completely new kitchen for her, complete with a huge island for entertaining, and a bright, open and spacious floor plan that offered plenty of storage and an extra large pantry. To add even more ambience to an already bright kitchen, both can lights and pendant lights were installed everywhere.

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New Living Room

The bright and open concept was carried through to the design of the living room as well.

But first, a look at the living room before…

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…and after.

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With extra windows for even more light!

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New Open Staircase

Occasionally, an opportunity will present itself for us to add even more wishes to our customer’s wish list.

Below is the result. A beautiful, and unexpected, open stairway for our homeowner.
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During construction our Project Manager discovered that he had the ability through creative beam placement, to open up the entire staircase area.

A Place for Everyone

Another important item on this homeowner’s wish list was a mudroom. We created a mudroom that accommodates every member of the family, as she has 2 small dogs and needed a safe place for them to stay when she is gone.

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Luxurious Master Suite

She wanted a luxurious master suite. But first, a look at the original below, which was certainly not glamorous.

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This master bath was complete with a pink hot tub, but not for long.

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To complete the bathroom tile floor pattern, we had to cut apart the mosaic sheets so the pieces fit the size of the field tile. Also, a completely invisible access panel for the jetted whirlpool tub conceals an otherwise ugly necessity. Magnets, cement board, tile and caulk were used for the panel. watch this video for some tips on how it was done.

Luxury suite? We think so, and so does our happy homeowner!

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Floor to ceiling windows preserve the view of the beautiful backyard in this master getaway.

Happy with the Results?

In the end, we took a home that was completely outdated and nearly an eye sore, and created this bright and beautiful dream home for our client. By listening to her wish list, and by adding a few surprises of our own, we were, together, able to come up with a solution that this homeowner can be proud of.

Do you have a project that seems too big to be possible? Don’t give up, contact us. We would love to dream with you, and together come up with a plan that has been

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