Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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A d ream of every remodeler is to work with a client that's in a position t o p a y f o r t h e changes and surprises that inevitably surface in practically all remodeling projects. When unforeseen circumstances transformed what was to be an addition to this home in Delavan, Wis., into a total reconstruction, the homeowner, thankfully, was able to absorb the shock as well as the cost of the project's new direction. Design challenges sur- faced from the start, says Russ DiPietro, president, DiPietro Design Associates, Delavan, Wis. The owners wanted to expand several spaces, and ultimately double the size of the house while keeping it cozy. The first and perhaps most significant challenge was the home's foun- dation; rebuilding it was not part of the original plan. Once crews began digging into the perimeter of the house to start the addi- tions, they found the foundation was "…horrid. One section was rubble and extended only 3 ft. deep, and it appeared as if some- one had underpinned it correctly and poured a 5-ft. wall, but only on the inside face of the wall and not the outside," DiPietro recalls. "When I saw all this, I told the owners that structurally it is not good. There's no way we will be able to waterproof the exterior of this foundation and guarantee it won't leak. When they saw how the previous con- struction was done, the deci- sion was made to tear down the home and rebuild it," he says. WISH LISTS AND CHANGES The homeowners desired to maintain the cottage feel of the old house. This included main- taining the existing floor plan while adding space. On the upper floors, DiPietro's team gut- ted the attic and transformed the space into bedrooms. Beneath the home, the team created a full-height space in the lower level. "We added a new laundry room and roughed it out for a future bathroom. There's space for three more bedrooms in the lower level and egress windows for those bedrooms. The rest of that space is one big rec room," DiPietro adds. Interior designer Lindsey Snow, owner of L.E. Snow Design in Oak Park, Ill., entered the project later in the process than she preferred, but made the best of it. Fortunately, Snow says, enough time in the proj- ect remained to make helpful tweaks to many of the already constructed spaces. Snow changed the layout of the master and guest baths, and reconfigured a long, skinny hall- way to ensure a particular door 20 March 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Design Solutions | By Rob Heselbarth Change for the BETTER Unforeseen structural problems change a master suite addition and remodel to a teardown and rebuild of this Wisconsin lake house The kitchen can comfortably seat six people, which is better than the old kitchen which had room for only two people. QUR_20-23_DesignSol314.indd 20 3/3/14 1:47 PM

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