This small Cape Cod-style house was adequate for our client, Alan, when he was living there by himself. He enjoyed the beautiful rural setting where he could glance out a window and see cattle grazing in the nearby fields. Then his wife, Christine, came to share his home, fell in love with the location, and didn’t want to move. But the couple realized they needed to update and expand the living space so they would have room to entertain family and friends. Alan used to be a professional chef, and food is still his passion. He wanted professional appliances in the kitchen where he could create gourmet meals for their guests.
As they were gathering ideas and searching for a reputable remodeling contractor, Alan and Christine attended a local home show. After interviewing four or five different contractors that day, the couple finally settled on T.W Ellis. Other contractors required the couple to commit before their company would provide designs. Our new clients were impressed that T.W. Ellis gave them a concept with detailed blueprints based on the initial discussion.
The original home has been doubled in size. We extended the living room by adding an 8 ft. x 24 ft. addition to the back of the home. We removed the exterior load-bearing wall and installed an overhead I-beam to create an open, spacious living area. The wall that separated the tiny kitchen from the living room was also removed, and a second support beam was added. This enlarged the kitchen and allowed traffic to flow smoothly throughout the first floor public areas. The exposed beams create a charming rustic look that fits perfectly in the rural setting and makes the addition look like it’s a part of the original design.
The kitchen features gorgeous soapstone on the island and the countertops. The backsplash displays an interesting pattern of glass subway tile separated by metal pencil tile. The cabinets are from Echelon and the gas range is a powerful GE Monogram. Solid hardwood flooring throughout the kitchen and living room integrate the two spaces visually into one large open area.
We added a 22 ft. master suite addition to the first floor on the right side of the house. The vaulted ceiling in the bedroom increases the feeling of expansiveness. The spa-like bathroom includes both a soaker tub with a deck and a large shower.
Other enhancements our clients enjoy is their new first floor laundry room and their remodeled upstairs bathroom. Exterior improvements include a front portico that gives the house even more character, plus new siding and roofing. We completely transformed Alan and Christine’s home, inside and out, and they are delighted. See more photos of this project on Houzz.
“Everything about our finished project is exciting. Now we can fit more than just the two of us in our home. We have an inviting entrance, a professional-style kitchen, and an enlarged living space where we can seat 15 people!”
—Alan and Christine
If the size of your home no longer fits your lifestyle, contact T.W. Ellis. Our talented and experienced remodeling team will work with you to transform that house into the perfect home.