Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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Roberts situated three skylights above the airy new playroom so that natural light flows into the space and down the steps into the second level. e wider hallway connecting each bedroom now acts as a gathering area that includes some built-in bookcases and can furnish several chairs comfortably. If the homeowners ever seek additional privacy, they have the ability to retire to their generous new master suite. PRIMARY CHALLENGES e company had to stabilize the roof structure and attic floor with supports before tearing down the old staircase and building a new one. Roberts often works in the his- toric district of Evanston, therefore his team has plenty of experience with remodeling aged houses. But the third level did not offer any finished flooring surfaces, existing insulation or even a heating and cooling system. "We had to be very careful, of course, in making these new openings for the stairway and such," Roberts says. "We knew this project was going to [start] at some point in the future, so when we remodeled it initially a few years before the attic, we set it up so that it wouldn't be too difficult. [Still] there were [some] structural challenges to reframe the flooring and create a new stairway." Plumbing in particular presented a number of ob- stacles that necessitated thoughtful consideration and planning. e company had to find viable pathways for pipes to reach the new third-floor bathroom. Roberts made sure to leave a few different openings when his team completed the initial renovation previously, al - though the practically four-level residence required further contemplation. "It's a big-frame house—three stories including the attic, and then there's a basement below—so basically it's a four-story house of all frame," he recalls. "When you get to the outside envelope, you have to be careful how you approach that. It has to go through an approval process with the preservation commission, and that's fine. Our clients want it, and that's the kind of work we do." e company salvaged three vintage windows on the third level and rebuilt them to match the authentic style of ROOF BEDROOM MASTER BED ROOM BATH ROOM BEDROOM HALL BEDROOM ROOF BEDROOM HALL ROOF ROOF ATTIC THIRD FLOOR PLAN SECOND FLOOR PLAN E 31 33 BEDROOM MASTER BATH ROOM WALK IN CLOSET MASTER BEDROOM SMALL HALL BEDROOM BEDROOM HALL BATHROOM ROOM HALL MECHANICAL ROOM PLAY ROOM BATH ROOM ROOF ROOF THIRD FLOOR PLAN SECOND FLOOR PLAN Roberts repurposed an unused bedroom to produce a spacious new master bathroom where the clients can get away and relax. AFTER BEFORE PROJECTS: Design Solutions 22 August 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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