This remodel is part of our Bloomington Cohousing project and provided us with a unique opportunity to completely remodel and re-envision a very dilapidated 1970s-era home. There were quite a few discussions of tearing down the existing home and rebuilding from scratch in the very beginning, given the state of the structure and foundation. However, preserving the foundation, exterior walls, and trusses of the original home meant that we were able to keep those materials out of the landfill and also eliminated the additional materials and energy consumption that would have gone into all of the facets of building a new home. For us, the opportunity to take a home that is at the end of its functionality and breathe new life and time into it is one of the most special types of projects. In this instance, being able to do it for close friends was the icing on the cake. We are thrilled with how the home turned out and excited to have been a part of the process.
Here is the final phase of renovations on this home that we first renovated for a good friend 8 or 9 years ago. We were super excited to get the chance to help them finish up their home. Previously, we had tackled the kitchen and living areas, yet this phase had us updating the cabinetry and finishes in the rest of the home. While we updated doors, trim, and paint throughout, the main areas of focus included reconfiguring the primary bathroom, with an expansion of the closet, adding heated flooring and a sauna, refreshing the other full bath on the main floor, and finishing out the basement with a kitchenette, bar, and built-ins. Our clients worked with Amy Sweet on the design and finishes and we were really excited to bring their vision to life.
These homeowners contacted us to help them design and build an addition on the backside of their Bloomington home. During the design process, our architects Ernesto Castaneda and Alex Minor, met with the clients multiple times to discuss their wishlist and project timeline. The team was able to design an addition that featured a larger, relocated kitchen over a finished basement and a deck was designed to access the yard from the kitchen via double doors.
These clients loved their existing home and location, however wanted to update the home and add-on to the existing space to optimize the function and layout. The design solution by Alex Minor and Russ Herndon included a new addition, a new primary suite with bedroom and bath, and a large open kitchen/dining/living area to fit their lifestyle and gatherings needs.