2018 Master Design Awards: Addition Less Than $250,000

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards addition


Clark | Richardson Architects
Austin, Texas

Project name:
Eilers Residence
Project location: Austin, Texas
Square footage before: 1,100
Square footage after: 1,635
Project cost: $168,607


A married couple with a newborn on the way sought a master suite off their family room, which had been an addition to the original house. They both work from home and wanted to maximize the spatial potential of a new master suite while striking a harmonious balance with the existing context. The area would need to remain compact and use design features such as built-in closets.

The removal of a back sliding door allowed for a new entertainment wall in the family room and a discreet door to the master suite tucked in a corner. A double-height cathedral ceiling ushers in natural light from all sides of the space, and a low eave wraps the exterior just above the window headers to reduce glare and heat gain. Matching dark-stained walnut wardrobes enliven the area.


Tile: Alkusari
Lighting: Sonneman
Fan: Minka
HVAC: Mitsubishi
Siding: James Hardie
Doors: Kolbe
Windows: Kolbe
Locksets/hardware: Emtek
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Cabinetry: AR Lucas
Countertop: Caesarstone
Tub: Badeloft
Toilet: Kohler
Shower: Kohler
Sink: Kohler

Photos: Paul Finkel


ALH Home Renovations
Roeland Park, Kan.

Poolehaus Residential Design
Project name:
Gaul Addition
Project location: Kansas City, Mo.
Square footage before: 2,356
Square footage after: 3,000
Project cost: $238,276


The clients purchased the home for its location in a desired older neighborhood and because of its previous modern kitchen remodel. The dining room, hearth room and office spaces were too small, however, and they were too far away from the kitchen, where the clients hoped to spend more family time and host occasional social gatherings. An addition provided the ideal solution.

A seamless architectural transition among interior living spaces became the top priority for the project. The shape of the property, coupled with the targeted size of addition, meant the addition had to be designed on an acute angle off the existing structure. Staying consistent with these new angles, the patio is defined by rectilinear lines and the two large, triple glass panel door systems.

Photos: Poolehaus


BLB Custom Building
Amesbury, Mass.

Project name:
Winter Street, Newburyport
Project location: Newburyport, Mass.
Square footage: 220
Project cost: $236,000


Seeking to create better function for their home’s first floor, the owners connected with BLB Custom Building to deal with its lack of storage, space and flow. The addition of 220 square feet created a step-down mudroom, expanded kitchen, home office, larger bathroom and custom laundry built-in. Because the home’s main entry is on the rear of the house, the new entry off the step-down mudroom traps any dirt or debris, and its brushed slate tile flooring with radiant heat helps the floor dry quickly.

Additionally, the mudroom doubles as a home office with a small desktop nook. A larger island was repositioned, as was the kitchen sink, refrigerator and pantry within the expanded kitchen space. The laundry space was relocated to make way for a powder room to become a ¾ bath, and a custom laundry unit was designed through close collaboration with the homeowner.


Lighting: School House Electric Fixtures
Cabinetry: Custom shaker style
Island countertop: Walnut
Countertops: Taimahal Quartzite Countertops
Flooring: Yellow birch hardwood floors
Sink: Rohl Farmhouse Apron-front kitchen sink
Appliances: Bosch

Photos: Glenn Livermore Photography

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