Project Description

This family clearly understood that sometimes, you have to phase in a major remodeling project. In the next year, they plan to dramatically expand their existing master bathroom. The first phase of that project involved converting unused attic space above their two-car garage into an expansive master closet.

Attic conversion goals and challenges

  • We wanted to create bright and light-filled space that would be a worthy addition to this family’s expansive master suite plans.
  • The attic space was framed with trusses, which meant that any cuts in the framework would damage the structural integrity of the existing roofing system.

Remodeling solutions

  • We worked with a structural engineer to design a framing system that would allow us to cut into the trusses by adding side framing that preserved the structural integrity of the roof.
  • We then built up the floor system, squared the walls, and sheet rocked the space to create an open and gracious master closet.
  • We took a small 2’ x 4’ attic access door and converted it into a cased opening into the homeowners’ existing master closet in preparation for the changes that will be coming in Phase Two of this project.
  • We converted what was a small attic vent into a window to bring natural light into the space. That window also allowed us to bring materials – wood, molding, etc. into the tight workspace.
  • While we were working in this attic space, we noticed that a portion of the roof sheathing was rotted. We brought in a roofer to examine the issue further and discovered that a previous roofing repair had created an issue. When that repairman had installed toe boards, he did not properly seal the nail holes, which allowed water to seep under the shingles. As a result, the first 4’ of sheathing across the entire rear roof was rotted and had to be replaced. We completed the repair properly, thus preventing future damage, and matched the new shingles as closely as possible to the existing roofing.
  • This relatively small start to a major project gave the homeowners much-needed space and reveals the potential of an attic conversion.
  • From start to finish of construction, this project took 4 weeks to complete.
Once our project got started, work progressed efficiently and quality and workmanship were outstanding. Most importantly, communication was excellent throughout the project. We would highly recommend Palmer Custom Builders and plan to use them again for our next project.
B. Imseis, Master bathroom remodel
The house looks completely different on the outside. More vibrant, improved exterior and interior. Neighbors notice the change and compliment the work. Driving up to it feels better since the house looks so much better…I’d absolutely recommend PCB.
M. Melendez, Exterior renovations
We would definitely recommend Palmer Custom Builders. The work was done quickly, efficiently, and completed to my expectations. All the workers who came into my home were polite, kept my house as clean as possible, and were very particular with the work they performed.
D. Pitsos, Shower renovation
I would recommend Gary Palmer and Palmer Custom Builders to anyone! I found him on the web when looking specifically for NARI certified remodelers. When I spoke with him and described what we wanted, I immediately felt comfortable with him. His crews are great guys and very pleasant to work with. They come in, clean up after themselves and even offered to vacuum. I never felt any compunction about having them in our home or leaving them alone in our home when they were doing work. We are very happy with the results!
Joan Everett, Family room renovation
We were so satisfied with Gary’s work on our kitchen remodel, we knew we could trust him with a large renovation project. We’ve been very happy with the quality of work and the attention to detail.
Tate, Dramatic addition, See photos of this project
Thank you for your fine efforts in our recent project to upgrade and repair the exterior of our home. At 20 years old, several problems had developed, which required much creativity and a broad array of trades and skills to complete the tasks at hand. Everything has been completed to our total satisfaction.
David and Tina Boyuka, Structural repairs