Our retired homeowners were drawn to the compact house size for it’s simplicity of living spaces and the leafy enclave just minutes from downtown and outdoor recreation. The enclosed and divided main living spaces, unresolved alignments of windows in the great room, lack of master bath space, and future plans to add an elevator for aging-in- place needed a solution. And then the dark and cavernous central staircase and hallway...something needed to change.
The flat roof, held up by an awkward room-dividing beam between the living and dining room, had a significant sag and required an engineered solution that allowed us to recess the beam and improve the thermal performance and drainage plane of the roof. The floor joists had also developed a significant sag that required a new beam (located between the mudroom and downstairs stair hall) and jacking up the floor that was over 3⁄4” out of level over 6 feet.
Vents, windows and ductwork were haphazardly planned in the original home and needed “rationalization” (the homeowners description). We prioritized which alignments we would correct (front window and back windows across the dining/living room) and still aesthetically-accommodated for areas where the budget would not allow corrections (the kitchen door alignment off the central hallway).