This project won a NARI “Remmie” award for “Whole House Remodel Over $1.M” in November 2020. Congratulations to the Design and Build teams at LEFF!!
The clients are city dwellers who purchased this property for family getaways and as a vacation rental. Built in 1980 on 6.42 acres of forested hillside, the home had last undergone renovation 30 years ago. There was so much deferred maintenance that their first intention was to demolish, then rebuild, the structure. Instead, an extensive interior and exterior whole-home remodel was designed and built in two phases. Our clients were engaged and partnered closely with our team throughout the project. They’re thrilled with their casual-luxury retreat, where the family shelters together in comfort, and provides the same to vacationing guests. See BEFORE/AFTER images here.
GOAL – SAFETY OF GUESTS, PLUS EASE OF USE / INTUITIVE, USER-FRIENDLY CONTROLS:
For guests not familiar with the property to be able to safely and conveniently use amenities
Because the property would have weekly vacation guests, it was very important to the owners that all guests have a completely safe environment, and easy access to gathering spaces and amenities in the home and on the property
GOAL – DURABLE, EASY-TO-MAINTAIN SURFACES TO WITHSTAND HEAVY USE / MULTIPLE GUESTS:
Floors and countertop materials are quick-clean, tolerate dropped/heavy items; are beautiful and age well
GOAL – A FLEXIBLE DESIGN AESTHETIC THAT REFLECTS THE LUXE LOCAL LIFESTYLE YET IS ACCESSIBLE, WELCOMING AND RELAXED
Vacation travelers/guests from out-of-area looking for aspirational lifestyle experience from high-end local food/wine and outdoor activities. The design aesthetic needed to be flexible to accommodate the client’s desire for a high-end and luxurious look that incorporated a relaxed, welcoming usability of space
CHALLENGE: Preserve some of the stone porch
Matching the existing stone for the covered porch addition proved to be impossible after months of sourcing multiple samples. The SOLUTION was to use cement board panel and batt siding instead, which made for a more cohesive design aesthetic and in-line with the client’s desire for a clean, contemporary look for the exterior.
CHALLENGE: Reconfigure skylights to fit new roof pitch while not impeding the second story windows
The roof pitch was increased to improved drainage (from the existing flat roof). This made it necessary to re-design the skylights, which the client wished to keep. SOLUTION: The skylight in the ceiling of what had been the existing covered porch were removed. Deeper wells were constructed so that they skylights could be reinstalled after the new, steeper roof had been constructed.
CHALLENGE: Restore electrical systems throughout the entire house
Years of DIY patchwork repairs and improper wiring had created unsafe conditions in the home. SOLUTION: The
house was completely rewired with a new main electrical service entrance installed.
CHALLENGE: Rodent infestation
The house is located in a heavily wooded, rural area. With no humans living in it for quite some time, the local rodent population moved in, and lived and died there, leaving behind a strong odor and a very unpleasant mess. SOLUTION: The crawl spaces, walls and attic were excavated, cleaned, sanitized and then sealed to prevent future infestations.
CHALLENGE: Existing radiant heat system no longer functioned
This property experiences cold, rainy weather during the winter, and very hot summers. The heat system had broken down, and there was no air-conditioning. SOLUTION: replace poorly functioning hydronic radiant heat system with a ductless, mini-split HVAC system to provide warmth in winters, air-conditioning during the hot summers. This challenge was a major concern of the client for the comfort of the family and vacation guests.