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Our design/build team recently completed an attic renovation project design. Working with Joe Dellanno (www.mydesignbuildproject.com) and Gerry Dunleavy (www.dunleavyconstruction.com), we were able to give our clients their needs.
Our clients wanted to expand their attic space to include a home office, guest bedroom, a bedroom for their daughter, and a larger bathroom. Considering that the finish level in the attic wasn’t up to the rest of the home, they wanted to also match the details in the rest of the house.
By expanding the front bedroom, side dormer, and moving the bathroom to the opposite side, we were able to present a more open floor plan that gives the spacious feeling that the homeowner’s desired.
Of course, by having the contractor in close communication with the design team, we were able to ensure that the price did not go above that which the homeowners wanted. As the design expanded, we set the expectations that our design was flexible – like clay in a potter’s hand – and gave them permission to alter it as needed for both their taste and their financial investment.
Expanding floor area had to be limited since it would require roof changes. With a tile roof, any alterations would start adding cost quickly.
Considering the sloping roof, the floor program told us that we needed some walls in the middle of the room on which we could rest the beds. Considering the request for light to pass thru, a open wall was designed to allow the view from one end to the other.
Considering the exterior, both front and side elevations would allow for a heavier dormer on 3rd floor. A small dormer in front, and two small dormers on the side were nice, but this project allowed for more interest and appeal to be added. Keeping in line with the existing architecture, we expanded the front dormer, and combined the two dormers on the side.
Using small changes in shape and material selection makes a large difference in the feeling of care for the home.
Now, the plans are done, signed, and submitted. Keep watching and we’ll share more progress photos as construction begins.