Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2014

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any home remodels don't adjust square footage at all. Rather, they repurpose square footage already there. Some more extensive projects tack on square footage, sometimes more than doubling the size of an existing structure. Few, however, actually subtract square footage, but that's exactly what happened in the case of a notable Plymouth, Mich., remodel. Architectural Resource LLC, led by Michael Klement, AIA, NCARB, AIBD, CPBD, CAPS, CGP, GCP, took a diferent look at the 1,876-sq.-ft. bungalow the frm was tasked with updating. Originally built in the 1920s, the home's character was within reach, but several problems prevented it from reaching its full potential. Te house had a poorly executed glass-enclosed sun space addition in the 1970s that resulted in energy loss throughout the summer and winter. Not only was the sunroom, which doubled as a dining room, a problem, but so was the stairway to the basement. Too narrow and steep, the stairway also incorporated an intermediate landing that provided the only direct ingress/egress path to the backyard. When opening the door, it fully swept the depth of the already tight landing. A hanging beam above was an overhead hazard for any- one navigating the space. Te kitchen was poorly designed, and hardly served as the traditional heart of the home. While respecting the home's architectural bungalow style, the homeowners were hoping to fx all of these issues and create a space that accommodated their modern lifestyle. Klement opted to remove the sun space on the back of the house, thus reducing square footage and reducing the dining spaces in the house to only one, which was more sensible than the previous two. Rearranging the remaining square-footage also improved functionality. Te kitchen was relocated to a dedicated area outside of the main trafc fow. Its new position afords it a view of the rear garden through a bank of Craftsmen-styled windows. A semi-enclosed porch accesses the rear yard. PROJECT INFORMATION "Addition by Subtraction" bungalow Location: Plymouth, Mich. Architect: Architectural Resource LLC, Ann Arbor, Mich., architecturalresource.com Completed: June 2013 Square footage before: 1,876 Square footage after: 1,833 PRODUCT INFORMATION Kitchen faucet: Moen Kitchen appliances: KitchenAid Range hood: Zephyr Tile work: Custom by Motawi Tileworks Pendant lights: Custom by Materials Unlimited Wall sconce: 1920 Sheffield Design from Materials Unlimited Doors: Impressions Doors Kitchen windows: Pella Stain glass window: Materials Unlimited Paint: Sherwin-Williams Patio: Treasured Earth Trellis: Upon A Wall Water heater: Bradford White Furnace: Ruud Countertops: Corian Roofing: GAF/Elk Timberline Restoring a historic bungalow By Laurie Banyay A 1920s home loses square footage to update the home and restore its architectural style while increasing stairwell safety M 24 December 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Design Solutions

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