|Custom built-in bar next to new solarium|
This 1970’s colonial home is owned by an older professional couple juggling demanding careers and committed to aging in place. They wanted to improve the kitchen-family room connection, create beautiful spaces in which to read and write, and to better utilize an existing screen porch.
For this project, Hands-On Construction converted the porch to a year-round solarium, updated family room finishes and created large openings between the solarium, family room and existing kitchen.
|Family room fireplace / New painted wood trim|
We converted the family room brick fireplace to gas and added a beautiful a wood mantle and granite hearth. We provided custom painted wood built-ins on three walls to house a media center, bar and some of the couple’s extensive book collection. And we replaced existing barn board wainscoting and dark beams with a painted wood trim package that was a better fit to the classic elegance of their home. New carpet, paint and wallpaper finished the transformation.
|New solarium overlooks wooded lot|
Engineered beams and walls in the new solarium allow for a vaulted ceiling and oversized windows. Old-fashioned bubble style skylights were replaced in the low-pitch roofing. Stucco hid exterior insulation applied over the poured concrete slab to preserve the slate floor. A zoned ductless AC and baseboard heating system improved homeowners' comfort. And a larger landing and new stair improved access to the patio and wooded back yard.
Some of the other improvements we made ---
- We installed a french door between family room and kitchen to allow for some sound separation during tv viewing
- Better situated lighting for aging eyes and reading
- In the media center, our consultant designed for a one touch controller
- We maximized the homeowners' views of a lovely, private, wooded lot
- Construction Details:
- We called in a structural consultant for the beam
- Installed flashing detail for exterior insulation
- Used split wood shutters so top half is operable above furniture
- Made extensive roof-siding-trim repairs to make the building shell weather-tight and provide ice-dam protection
|Solarium looking into kitchen|
Architect: Rick Eifler
Designer: Merill Comeau
Photography: Mori Insinger