Craftsman Update and Expansion




Full-House Remodel and Addition


4 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

2,239 Square Feet


This 100-year old craftsman home, originally a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath, master-on-main home, with a terribly converted upper level with rooms which required people to duck to enter them.  The location was unparalleled – a terrific neighborhood with great walkability, top-notch restaurants and pubs, retail shops and several markets.  But the home had been abused as a rental for many years when the new homeowner bought it for himself, his wife and 3 teenage girls – aged, 13, 14, and 15.

Their program would require additional square footage, reworking the upstairs to provide 3 bedrooms with large closets and ample bathroom space with enough privacy for three girls, and updating everything.

A two main challenges to this project were fitting 3 usable bedrooms and a large bathroom into a upper level space which currently was unusable for anyone taller than 4’10 and the small kitchen could not be expanded due to the interior layout and lack of backyard space for a main floor addition.

The solution was to remove the portion of the upper level which was creating the height restrictions and replace it with a teenager suite – a space with soaring ceilings, which would add usable square footage, a private water closet, private shower, and areas for 3 girls to get ready and perform their make up routines simultaneously before school each morning.

We updated everything in this to-the-studs remodel & addition, along with all new insulation and fiber-cement siding (we hired professionals to remove the existing asbestos siding during an asbestos remediation project before we could begin).  Inside, we refinished the existing 100-year old oak floors and in the kitchen, where only plywood and vinyl remnants existed, we chose to install an espresso-stained, hardwood floor in a large-scale chevron pattern to create a feature since attempting to match the 100-year old floors would be more costly option.

A year later, when the homeowner left this city to return to the city he was from, he sold the house and profited by $75,000 – a 26% return on his investment!


Exterior Street View
Exterior Approach
Exterior Porch
Front Door
Entry Door
Entry Interior & Stairs
Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen – Cooking & Prep Zone
Media Wall for Game-Day and Cooking Shows
Kitchen – Bar and Work Station
Main Level Bathroom
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom Closet
Upstairs Bedroom 1 – New Built-In Storage
Upstairs Hallway
Upstairs Bathroom
Upstairs Bath – Raised Ceilings
Upstairs Bedroom 2 – Ceiling Height and Closet Added
Upstairs Bedroom 2 – Ceiling Height Added
Upstairs Bedroom 3
Upstairs Bedroom 3 –  Closet and Dressing Area Added