Several times a year we highlight a job from start to finish, giving you a first hand view of the whole process including the challenges and solutions involved in renovating the space. Below is a brief walkthrough of our most current featured project.
These homeowners loved the character and charm of their historic home, yet they craved the modern comfort and conveniences that it lacked. Investing in their “forever” home, this transformative renovation project added more than 560 square feet of functional new living space.
They partnered with Dover Home Remodelers to revitalize their dated kitchen and create a master suite retreat—a project that earned Dover 2nd place honors in the prestigious NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards 2019 for Residential Addition ($175,001 – $250,000).
Honoring the heritage of this century home, the addition project included renovating and expanding the cramped kitchen, adding a 1st floor half-bath and a combination laundry/mudroom—ideal for keeping up with the young family’s two active boys—and building a new master suite.
Tired. Dated. Cramped. This kitchen had seen its day. Original cabinets and counters, narrow passageways, lack of prep space and storage, poor lighting and a drop ceiling with acoustic tile made the space feel small and outdated.
The updated kitchen echoes the home’s traditional style, but with a modern edge. A nine-foot center island comfortably seats four. Dark-stained cherry cabinets in a classic Shaker style honor the home’s historic profile, while pure white quartz counters add a crisp, contemporary feel. Beveled diamond mosaic tile in gloss white (Shaw: Elegance) add a punch of style. (Cabinet hardware: Baer Cup Pulls and Knobs in satin nickel)
The doorway leading into the family room is widened and new red oak flooring is installed; all floors on the first floor are refinished for a clean, seamless look.
Functionality delivered: A 36″ pantry with roll-out shelves, spice and tray pull-out cabinets, expansive counter space, and lots of storage. The island also houses a built-in microwave and a downdraft cooktop.
In the old kitchen, shoes were stored at the door and in the adjoining pantry.
Where the old pantry and appliances once stood, a new window and glass door take advantage of the southern exposure for beautiful natural light throughout the expanded kitchen.
Now, at the end of the expanded kitchen, is a new laundry/mudroom featuring durable luxury vinyl tile flooring and tall storage cabinets that provide a place to hang coats with a bench for seating. A new glass exterior door with integrated blinds provides more natural light which also helps create a lighter, airy kitchen space.
The new half-bath, with white-and-black-dot floor tile (CTI Expression Daylight Mosaic with Black Dot) and a Kohler Archer Pedestal sink, honor the 100-year-old home.
Removing the enclosed porch on the second floor gives way to the entry for the new master suite addition.
The new bedroom space is created with a dramatic studio ceiling, designed to mimic the home’s existing roof lines. The master suite totals 12′ 5 ½” x 23′ 5 ½” of space and includes a large walk-in closet and master bathroom.
The bathroom features a double vanity (Waypoint 410F Maple/Linen) with a quartz countertop and single-handled faucets for added counter space (Moen Brantford High Arc Single Handle, Chrome). Large format floor tile that replicates Carrera marble (Classic Calacatta 12 x 24 Porcelain) finishes the space.
In the shower, white subway tile is accented with penny mosaic tile and we offset those with a warm grey grout (Hydroment DeLorean Gray).
Moving to the outside: As with all projects involving older houses, challenges were encountered. Matching new materials to existing siding and brick that are 100+ years old is no easy feat.
The split-shake cedar is meticulously applied to tie into the existing cedar and painted the exact shade of espresso brown. Brick is matched, and interior and exterior trim, doors and corbels are replicated creating a seamless transition between the old and new. Visual harmony achieved—inside and out!