We’ve been keeping track of Blog Cabin 2012 remodeling questions and thought we’d address a few here, with information provided by Knickerbocker Group’s Kimberly Tuttle.
The Front Entrance: Although the double doors are amazing, current building codes restrict the expansion of the front entrance or addition of a farmer’s porch. It made more sense from a design perspective to move the entrance and carve out a cozy, welcoming foyer and mudroom when one first enters the home. To maintain the home’s charm and design symmetry, windows will replace the original front doors.
The Double Staircase: The original staircase was dangerously steep and did not meet modern-day building codes. A new staircase will descend into the living room/foyer area.
The Kitchen: The original plan was to centralize the kitchen, but after several stabs at a floor plan, it became clear that the living room would better serve as the first-floor hub. Large windows in the kitchen will capitalize on water views and sliding doors will offer easy access to the deck and terrace (the home’s grilling area).
The Living Room: Once a long, narrow room, this space will be moved to the center of home with easy access to the kitchen and the master suite. A bump-out will house a full-sized window seat that provides a spectacular view of the rolling landscape and river.
The Master Suite: The master bedroom will be enlarged and include a new spa-style master bathroom. The home’s original front doors will serve as bedroom doors. The doors’ frosted glass panes will provide absolute privacy. Other bedroom amenities will include corridor closets and sliding glass doors that lead out to the deck.
The Original Floors: The build team saved everything inside, from trim to old doors and lighting fixtures. The old floors, unfortunately, had to go. Floor boards fell apart and joists crumbled in construction workers’ hands as the flooring system was dismantled.
Other Important Tidbits:
• Cost prohibited the relocation of the home closer to the shoreline.
• Setbacks restricted front expansion of the home.
• Flooding will not be an issue, since the home is elevated so far above the flood plain and located so far away from the river.
• Building materials not repurposed in this construction project will find their way to the local ReUse store.
• In place of a wood-burning stove (the home’s original heating source), a gas stove will provide warmth and ambiance.