Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2014

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ForResidentialPros.com QR May 2014 15 I magine a larger, down-at-its- heels version of the Brady Bunch family's 1970s home redone for the current generation of Dallas' Ewing clan, and you'll get some idea of the scope of this Jacksonville, Fla., makeover. The home, which may have been a good teardown candidate for different owners, has been transformed into a North Carolina-like mountain lodge with resort- quality finishes, giving its long- time owners new opportunities for enjoying an extraordinary waterfront location. The project began as an effort to fix the home's failing exterior — rotting siding and leaking windows were leading to water intrusion. But as the need to completely remake the exterior became more apparent, the scope grew from practical to aesthetic as the homeown- ers began dreaming of a North Carolina-style mountain home in their very un-mountain- like location on the banks of Jacksonville's St. John's River. AVOIDING A TEARDOWN The work required was so extensive that building pros initially saw the home as a teardown. David Rinzler, project manager with the Jacksonville- based general contractor Browdy & Browdy Builders, was an early believer that the best option for his firm's new clients was a wrecking ball and a clean slate, especially after an extensive survey of existing conditions was completed and the budget started climbing north of $1 million according to the firm's president Richard Browdy. "I was an advocate of tearing the house down," Rinzler said. "But the owners refused because they had a lot of memories there." In fact, one could say the home's previous problems went from the ground up. Unnoticed by the owners, the house was settling unevenly, thanks to unstable soil conditions beneath the slab. The Browdy & Browdy team noticed the issue from its first meeting around the dining room table with the owners, but it took a full engineering study, including a number of soil bor- ings under the slab, to reveal the extent of the problem. "The result of the testing was that the soil under the existing home was very poor — the house should have been built on pilings, but it never was," Rinzler says. To The home's remodel started as an exterior job and expanded to include the interior and outdoor living spaces. COMPANY INFORMATION Browdy & Browdy Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. browdyhomes.com Full-time employees: 2 Average annual revenue: $2.3 million Annual remodeling projects: 2 to 3 Residential: 100 percent Single-family: 100 percent Bid: 100 percent PROJECT INFORMATION Jacksonville, Fla. Completed: August 2013 Square footage before: 5,385 Square footage after: 6,975 Project cost: $1.25 million PRODUCT INFORMATION EXTERIOR Roofing: GAF Siding: Bark House Brick/stone/stucco: Monte Vista Doors and windows: Pella Locksets and hardware: Rocky Mountain and Schlage Structural: Lock-Tite Log Systems Garage doors: Clopay Insulation: Kraft Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore Skylights: Kennedy Generator: Generac INTERIOR Carpet: Masland & Kane Wood flooring: Graf Brothers Brick/stone/stucco: Monte Vista Lighting: Edge Elevator: Home Elevators Direct Closets: Closet Factory OUTDOOR LIVING Travertine decking: Tremron Pavers/patio: Tremron Railings: Mountain Laurel Handrails Lighting: NiteLites Grill: DSC Refrigerator: U-Line and Jenn-Air Ice maker: Scotsman Summer kitchen: River City Custom Cabinetry KITCHEN Cabinets: Elm Wood Countertops: First Coast Granite and Marble Sinks: Rachiele Faucets: Grohe Range and exhaust hood: GE Oven: KitchenAid Drawer appliances: Jenn-Air Refrigerators: KitchenAid and Jenn-Air Freezer: KitchenAid Wine cooler: Thermador Dishwasher: Bosch Washer/dryer: Whirlpool Microwave oven: GE HOME TECHNOLOGY Lighting control system: Lutron AV distribution: RTI Security system: DSC Water heater: Rinnai Florida home undergoes a major transformation to turn it into a residence with resort-quality features reminiscent of a mountain home After Before QUR_14-17_DesignSol514.indd 15 4/28/14 9:45 AM

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