Addition More Than $250,000

by Kyle Clapham


Normandy Design Build Remodeling
Hinsdale, Ill.


Photos: Normandy Remodeling

Designer: Maury Jones
Project location: Chicago, Ill.
Square footage before: 1,850
Square footage after: 2,630
Project cost: $350,786

The urban homeowners felt their house lacked the space, functionality and modern conveniences needed for their active family. They contemplated moving but decided to pursue an addition with a functional layout and elements of organization. The company had to receive a variance to build the two-story addition and maximize its square footage in order to meet zoning requirements.

A new family room with access to the backyard and large, arched openings between rooms offer a more open concept. The expanded kitchen now features modern appliances, a seated island and an overall light-and-bright transitional style. The second floor of the addition enlarged an existing bedroom space, added a new bedroom and created a three-piece bathroom for the three children.


Cabinetry: Normandy Collection
Dishwasher: Thermador
Refrigerator: KitchenAid
Range: Termador
Blower insert: BEST
Microwave: KitchenAid
Kitchen sink: Kohler
Kitchen faucet: Kohler
Garbage disposal: InSinkErator
Field tiles: Olympia
Liner: Schluter
Bath fixtures: Kohler
Ventilation fan/light: NuTone


Archia Homes
Duxbury, Mass.


Photos: George Gray

Designer: Peter Stames
Project location: Milton, Mass.
Square footage before: 2,900
Square footage after: 3,100
Project cost: $327,000

This addition and renovation were focused on the conversion of a third-floor, rough attic space into a master bedroom suite. The clients wanted to take a dusty space that wasn’t well-utilized and turn it into one of the home’s greatest and most-utilized features.

Enlarging the space was done by adding various small additions where feasible, reframing walls and widening hallways to create an open-space feel.

One of the main obstacles for the project was working with the town in obtaining permits to accomplish the work. It was also in a busy residential area, which added some difficulty in accessing the property and parking, and having adequate storage space for building materials. Also, since it was a renovation, the team ran into a few unexpected challenges, such as asbestos and rot.


Wright Construction Company
Mount Holly, Vt.


Photos: Wright Construction Company

Designer: Jonni Huntley, Catamount Kitchens and Design
Project location: Ludlow, Vt.
Square footage before: 7,500
Square footage after: 14,000
Project cost: $1,800,000

Originally a ski home, this Vermont vacation home is frequently used to house a family of eight children, who have their own families and extended relatives and friends. Therefore, the home needed more space to reflect its use.

The team worked to make a living space that was suitable for 40-plus family members at a time, a new kitchen that served multiple cooks at once, and a loft that perfectly faced the view of Okemo Mountain, all while merging stylistically and seamlessly with the existing home.

The original kitchen became an office just off the new master bedroom suite. Now the second-floor flows out into an enormous loft in the addition overlooking the main living space. Many structural and design changes were made to blend the old with the new and bring the outdoors in. The addition was rotated 25 degrees to face the view of the mountains directly, with wood design elements added and updated to keep the aesthetics cohesive.


Douglas Fir timber frame by American Post & Beam Company
Trex decking
Kohler apron front kitchen sinks
Rohl faucets
Kohler lavatory faucets
Sir lavatory sinks
Silestone quartz countertops
Sub-Zero refrigerator
Wolf range
Bosch warming drawer
Asko dishwashers
Wood-Mode cabinetry
Shaw flooring
Custom live-edge tables
Custom barn-board accent walls and cabinetry
Rev-A-Shelf accessories
Macy’s couches
Custom spiral staircase by Springfield Fence Company
Shower door by Portland Glass

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