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2019 Laurence Court

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2019LC

Water and forest views meet modern functionality in this whole home remodel

There are few opportunities with river and wood lots; and when one finds a site that has them, it makes good sense that the home optimizes views. Typical of the time, the existing home had good bones, but the room layout was disjointed. Two dining areas were located next to each other both small and repetitive in function. The interior was dark with little regard for sun from the large number of walls that divided the rooms. The entry had been confusing and walked right into the living area with the kitchen positioned o the dark side of the home.

 

It was a serene natural environment and a challenge that Amy Pretorius of Elevation Homebuilders was used to where her company does as many remodels as new builds. But ensuring the room layout flowed to the outdoor living required reimagining the floor plan.

 

BEFORE: The existing floor plan had a series of walls that divided spaces and chopped up the floor plan creating dark spaces and interrupting the flow between rooms
BEFORE: The kitchen was located in a small corner at the front of the house and was obsolete both in function and its connection with the outdoors

This began with removing several internal walls to accommodate a large kitchen and open-plan living, kitchen and dining space. Relocating the kitchen to the sunnier side of the home was a key part of the redesign. To create the large kitchen, the renovation required an addition at the rear, squaring off the home symmetrically from its previous zigzag-design.

 

The traditional-inspired kitchen required a keen eye and experienced skillset to incorporate all the modern attributes into its design. Kitchen islands have become the focal points of modern functionality operating as a social hub as well as an eat-in kitchen area. The design of the 8’ island was to have seating on three-sides and a have a classic, comfortable appearance. Amy pursued an island that has the look of a furniture-like dining table. With its large legs, the cabinetry boasts shaker-style door panels. Seeking natural colors, olive-colored base cabinets are paired with white uppers and finished with brushed gold hardware.

 

CONSTRUCTION: An addition was added to accommodate the new kitchen
CONSTRUCTION: The existing dining areas were located at the forefront of the photograph as well as the back right with the kitchen formerly being located to the far right lower corner
AFTER: The new kitchen doubled the existing size with an open floor plan and free-flow between spaces (note the vent hood is not yet installed in this photo)

Walk-in pantries are a requirement of today’s homebuyer and was added between the kitchen and garage with a pantry-door passage for dropping off groceries when unloading from the garage. To continue the traditional aesthetic, an antique farm door was incorporated into the classic kitchen. Also off the kitchen, a mudroom was added as well as a laundry room was moved to the main level relocating its previous location in the lower level. A powder room was moved to the kitchen-side of the home to accommodate a larger owners’ suite.

 

CONSTRUCTION: The lower level was completely reconfigured and a second gas fireplace was added
CONSTRUCTION: Adam Pretorius checks on progress after the painters spray the wainscoting detail on the fireplace
AFTER: The staircase now empties into the family area with large windows pouring in light

As part of the owner suite rethink, Amy wanted to create more closet space and a large spa-like ensuite bath. A birch vanity is paired with contrasting white and black tones including a large white subway tile shower framed in a black steel glass frame. The shower features a rain-shower, second shower head with a handheld, as well as doubles as a steam shower with its premium steam fixture and sloped tiled ceiling. The zero-entry walk-in shower provides a luxury experience with its elegant finish. A modern luxury toilet seat features a bidet, heated seats, night light, dryer, and deodorizer.

 

Continuing to merge the home with it setting, the lower level needed to be reworked. The staircase walked into a wall that was a hall of rooms. It felt cramped and dark, so rooms were moved to have the staircase walk into the family room and recreation area which were previously two separate rooms. This resulted in maximizing the sense of light and space while working with the clean-lined design that blended on the main level living spaces.

AFTER: Amy wanted a formal entry that was separate from the other spaces and added arches to section off the entry but still leave it open to the view in the living areas. She added shiplap detailing throughout the foyer to give it a more formal entry paring it with custom black metal railings
AFTER: The Great Room is separated by an arch that accesses the kitchen and dining area
AFTER: The only wall that was kept on the main level was the existing fireplace. The brick work detail added character to the original home but the existing wood-burning fireplace needed to be updated. To add a modern update, a rectangular model was added
AFTER: The kitchen and dining area feature were designed to mirror each other in their parallel design. The kitchen island was designed to look like a dining table in it's 8-foot length with thick legs on each corner and seating on three sides.
AFTER: A mudroom with a built-in locker as well as a laundry room, previously in the lower level, were added to the main level. The powder room was relocated from its location off the living room to off the mudroom. A walk-in pantry was also added for today's kitchen lifestyles
AFTER: The master was a great size before and just needed to focus on the view. To dress the space up, a wainscoting detail headboard wall was added
AFTER: The previous master bath was half the size and was lacking many of the necessities of today's homeowner. To create a luxury bathroom with spa-like convenience, a double vanity was added along with a state-of-the-art toilet (seat not yet installed) featuring a bidet, warm and cold water, seat warmer, night light, massage, deodorizer, and dryer. The shower features a rain shower, second shower head, handheld, and a steam shower. The custom black grid glass shower door (not installed yet) mirrors the black grid windows found throughout the house
AFTER: The lower level family room and recreation area also have a wet bar and walkout to the garden paths and stamped concrete patio
AFTER: The wet bar features hand-painted ceramic subway tile that echoes the green found throughout the home. Warm walnut floating shelving and gold fixtures complement the bold colors
AFTER: A bunkbed room was added featuring a lake house theme for this river home
AFTER: A large deck was added off the kitchen addition
AFTER: To avoid obstructing the view of the screened porch and living areas below, a spiral staircase was added giving the outdoor deck a modern touch
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$687,500

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4

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3.0

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2

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2818

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