2017 MBIA Award of Excellence- Whole House over $600,000
Our client’s dream home was originally built in 1920, and a previous renovation had provided them 15 years of great memories with their children. It was time to rework the home for the next phase of their life. Architect Patrick Jarosinski and interior designer Anita Stapleton were brought in to give the home an entirely new personality. The combined vision was to abandon the contemporary plan and institute a formal and sophisticated design.
From the outside, the first part of this transformation was to change from the turned gable portico to the copper clad shed style design. Upon entering through the new custom mahogany front door you are greeted by a sweeping curved staircase with Walnut rails rising to a second floor study and the master suite which are only slightly visible through the decorative turned balusters and a series of arches.
Straight ahead is the formal dining room which leads you into the other public areas of the house. To the left is a split level stair. The upper split level was completely re-imagined and is highlighted by a small den area with deck access and views of the creek. Originally, one hall bath served the three bedrooms. Now the front of the home has identical bedrooms conjoined with a buddy bath sharing only the glass enclosed shower. On the back of the house is a new guest suite with its own bathroom, water views and direct access to the deck, pool, back yard and pier. The lower split level was improved with an updated full bath, wine closet and new gym space resulting from the conversion of a former bedroom.
Back on the entry level the open floor plan was replaced by distinct spaces defined by wide formal archways and unique ceiling details. The dining room is situated to take full advantage of the water view and the proximity to the kitchen. Moving through the dining room you will arrive at the lounge area with its island containing the ice machine and beverage center, window seat flanked by buffet space on either side and the café style sitting area. To your right is the completely new kitchen. It had been segregated from the public areas by a load bearing wall full of ducts, pipes and wires. Some creative engineering allowed for the space to be visually and physically opened up to connect to the lounge and living room. A secondary benefit to this structural work was the ability to introduce the tray ceiling detail over the main island, adding a little bit of drama to the elegant space. Through the kitchen is another updated bath and a completely reorganized laundry and pantry area.
At the other end of this wing is the formal living room anchored by the new central fireplace. There are 270 degree water views from this space thanks to the new windows and sliding doors organized in perfect symmetry off of the fireplace and arch.
As part of this effort, the entire envelope of the house was brought up to current energy code by upgrading wall, ceiling and roof insulation. A new roof and Hardi shake siding for both the home and detached garage, and new garage doors round out the improvements to this whole house renovation.