Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

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the home. An unoriginal window bordering the playroom on the south side of the residence did not fit the same time period, however, so Roberts remodeled the unit to look like the other windows. "We introduced some new features that were more complementary to the original character and design of the house," he explains. "We also added [the three] skylights." SUPPLEMENTARY JOBS Unlike their initial project after buying the home, the clients lived in the residence while Roberts and his team remodeled the second and third floors. Concerns about dust, lead paint and general danger as a result of construction prompted the company to create an extensive model detailing how the work areas would be divided from the spaces in which the family continued their daily lives. "A big old house is a dusty space; and in a big old attic, remodeling is an inherently dirty kind of activity that nobody wants to be involved in—especially with kids," says Roberts, who built up partition walls to separate the construction area and used air scrubbers to keep the living spaces clean. "We actually built a separate entrance into the house, up the stairway to the second floor, so our construction crews could come in and do all of their work, and [then they could] leave there without having to go through the rest of the house," he adds. "We had built for the [homeowners] a few years before and remodeled for them [as well], so we didn't want to ruin any of those nice spaces." e children quickly adopted their new third-level playroom, which includes a large bench as well as a rail- ing to protect them from falling down the staircase. "It's an old house, so often people put a playroom in the basement; but in an older house, the ceilings in the basement are not very high—it wasn't conducive [in this case]—[plus] there weren't any windows down there," Roberts explains. "As the children get older, this will be a place they can hang out with their friends, but it's still open to the second floor," he continues. "Our clients didn't want to have an upstairs playroom with a door on it, where they couldn't really keep an eye on what was going on. ey liked the idea that there would still be some openness [to the attic space], and that's what we've created." Roberts expects the homeowners to restore the front porch soon—once they catch their breath from this project. "A previous owner had closed it in with win- dows and, at some point, they would like to restore that to the more open front porch that used to be there," he says. "A lot of houses in that area have big front porches that open onto the street, so that's the project they've talked about next." | A view from the side of the existing staircase that connects the first floor with the second level. Relocating the attic stairway creates a natural separation of the kids' bedrooms and new master suite on the second floor. The new attic stairway generates a better flow among living spaces and matches the style of the existing staircase between the first and second floors. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR August 2018 23

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