Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

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A BUSY family of six had outgrown its 1,762-square-foot ram- bler built in 1969. The four children were getting bigger and required their own spaces. The parents too sought more space—an upgraded office and a master suite, complete with a sauna. And family spaces—the kitchen, great room and dining areas— needed to work together better. In short, it's the making of thousands of remodeling stories each year: how best to accommodate a growing family. Sid Levin, an architect and remodeler who found- ed Revolution Design + Build in 2008, says the orig- inal plan was to remodel the home in phases; but as discussions with their client progressed, it became clear that a "scrape" and re-do was in order. A scrape, in this sense, meant the house was substantially demolished, down to the subfloors. Exterior walls stayed in place, but many interior walls were removed to make way for others. A new "Scandanavian, less-is-more" plan took shape, one that fit within the exact same footprint, but with a new second floor to house four secondary bedrooms and a first-floor master suite. "The proportion of the house was really still per- fect for the kind of a house they wanted to live in, which is that open floor plan that people desire; but for the most part, the house's foundation was well-suited to what we were aƁer. The inside of the house, we thought about efficiencies and dual-purposes and being effi- cient with every square inch that was added," Levin explains. "They were also extremely green conscious. They wanted not just the best insulation and very high quality furnace and air conditioning systems, but they wanted triple-paned windows. So this project was an exercise in being efficient in every possible way, and yet the house does not feel cramped at all." The Art of the Scrape Minneapolis-based Revolution Design + Build delivers an energy- efficient, family-centric home using the same footprint, but almost starting from scratch. by Patrick L. O'Toole BEFORE DESIGN SOLUTIONS 32 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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