Project Description

This project involved an extensive, whole-house renovation and additions. The rooms within the original house were very “cut-up” and dark, and simply did not suit the active lifestyle of its owners, who love to entertain. The homeowners came into this project with the goal of determining whether it would be best to make necessary changes and then place the home on the market or to tackle more extensive renovations that would allow them to remain there. Once they considered the cost of the upgrades that would be needed to successfully market the home, the Realtor’s commission and associated moving costs, they determined that it was more cost effective to invest in their home and remain there.

Palmer’s Project Goals and Challenges

  • Major structural issues stemming from deficiencies in the way the home was originally constructed in 1979 were uncovered before renovation work even began.
  • Transforming this dated floor plan into an open and flowing home that was conducive to entertaining.


  • While trying to uncover the source of damaging water entry into the home, we determined that the foundation wall had not been waterproofed by the original builder. We dug it out and waterproofed it, preventing additional damage in the future.
  • The second-floor framing originally was built using an oversized span, which had resulted in a sagging floor system upstairs. So before construction began, we reinforced the flooring on the second floor and rebuilt the rotted first-floor band sill and supports that had been damaged by years of water entry.
  • To create the open feel the clients wanted, we opened up two walls, one in the dining room and another in the family room, which created a flowing space that is now conducive to entertaining.
  • The kitchen was completely renovated, with new cabinetry, countertops and appliances to make it a beautiful and functional space of which the homeowners can now be proud.
  • The laundry room was moved up to the second floor, which gave us the necessary space to create a full bath with a shower on the main floor for friends and family who are using the pool.
  • In place of the existing deck, we built a new 13′ x 42′ covered porch to make the yard a more inviting space. A new double window above the kitchen sink lets in much-needed natural light.
  • The master bath and two additional bathrooms were completely remodeled, with new tile that ties the spaces together. With the assistance of our Interior Designer, we changed all the lighting fixtures to better reflect the homeowners’ style.