Memorial Facelift

New life for an old home.

Hurricane damaged and time weary, this 1940’s home needed repair and updating. The owners had two driving goals: maintain a budget and update their home to suit their contemporary tastes. It seemed like a daunting task – windows and siding needed to be replaced, space for a third bedroom was needed upstairs, a poor remodel from the 80’s made the house awkward, and finally Hurricane Ike damaged roof and interior walls.

It was a challenging project, but one where the idea that “less is more” led to elegant solutions. We couldn’t make significant changes to the home’s structure, so we pared down the architecture to its basic forms and used subtle shifts of color and texture to redefine its style. Landscaping was removed and replaced with a simple planting scheme that does not overwhelm the house.

The budget determined materials for the exterior. We used painted Hardie siding and vinyl windows for most of the home. However at the entrance, where visitors have a lasting impression, we used stucco, RAM aluminum windows and steel and wood at the porch structure. The final touch is an illuminated planter at the front porch. The result is a modern home that maintains the warmth and charm of the original 1940’s design.

There were several parts to this project – we addressed each one and created a set of plans for the entire remodel:

  • Complete update to the exterior, including front porch and back deck
  • Minor remodel of kitchen
  • Remodel of downstairs guest bath
  • Update stairwell
  • Repair of frame structure, new paint and refinished floors
  • Relocate laundry downstairs
  • Create third bedroom upstairs
  • Remodeled sunroom, study and updated living room
  • New landscaping concept for front and backyard, introduction to landscaper
  • Introduction to the general contractor and budget coordination
  • Address: West Cowan, near Memorial Park
  • Project Size: 3,000 s.f. of air conditioned space
  • Completion: Summer 2011
  • Builder: Packson Homes, Rick Wayne
  • Landscaping: Wildflower Landscaping, Jackie Barry