Additions and Renovations
The scope of this project was to redesign the elevator lobby and interior foyer of a private highrise condominium and remove existing walls and enhance the living room and dining room areas. The condominium was finished with the original interior partitions. Our design included removing some of the interior walls to allow full views from the Atlantic ocean to the east and the intracoastal waterway to the west. The owner wanted to use wood finishes to create a warm design to the space.
This 845 s.f. wood frame home originally built in 1939 is made up with original Dade County pine. The home is a unique project that we have enjoyed taking on as a whole house renovation. The original wood structure has some of the original charm that has lasted over 73 years. Our goal was to strip the interior down to the original structure and to bring the house up to current building standards without jeopardizing the original look. Upon demolition we found plumbing and electrical components that were inadequate and presented potential hazards. We completely replaced and brought up to current code the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Termites had their imprint over the years as did the original leaking windows which exposed damaged wood elements. We replaced numerous wall and floor framing components which strengthened the overall structure. New impact, energy efficient windows were installed as well as new roof and wall insulation.
We were retained to provide design and construction services for the partial renovation of an existing 4,500 s.f. condominium in an existing high rise residential building in Ft. Lauderdale. The goal was to redesign the layout of the master bedroom/closets, den-office, bar, entry and kitchen area.
We were asked to redesign an exisitng 1960's one story 1,750 s.f. three bedroom, two bath house into a 3,320 s.f. five bedroom, four bathroom house for a young growing family. The Owner wanted a south Florida feel to the house which we accomplished with a new energy efficient standing seam metal roof, second floor siding and impact windows to match the style of the house. We relocated and enlarged the kitchen and family room area and incorporated a new master bedroom and bathroom upstairs with a office/guest room and bathroom.
The owner requested that we design the cabana to be on axis with the existing pool and large enough to accommodate a grill/bar area and a sitting and dining area. The Owner had a limited budget with a two month completion date. The cabana had to be ready for a holiday party, no exceptions. The owner requested an exposed roof beam structure and minimal lighting for night time use. We incorporated up lighting to accentuate the douglas fir roof beams and a rough stone finish for the counter area. The top was finished with granite tile. Slate tile was used on the floor for its versatility. The holiday party was really nice and we received a lot of compliments.
The original 26' x 28' two story Tuscan style house and gardens was built by a local landscape architect. The current owner wanted to double the size of the house but keep the style and feeling of the Tuscan roots. Our goal was to expand the house with a new living room and kitchen on the ground floor and add two bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room on the second floor. The kitchen was relocated from the original house to the expansion. Our goal was to build the addition and then break through to the original house on both floors for a contiguous end product. Several energy saving systems were incorporated into the design such as strategically locating new impact windows that were arranged to view the various flowering trees and views throughout the property. A new solar hot water system and solar roof exhaust system will help reduce the heat gain through the new mechanically fastened metal shingle roof. The metal roof system sustains a greater wind load and produces less heat gain than the conventional tile roof. This alternative roof finish fulfilled the owners wishes to keep the Tuscan appearance while saving money on maintenance and energy.
Renovation project in Plantation, FL
The client’s desire for this house addition and renovation was to convert the non usable three car garage into a family room accessible from the existing house kitchen area. A pool table/bar entertainment social area with access to the pool and covered rear porch were added on. New wood burning brick fire places were built in the game room and exterior covered porch. On the front of the house we developed a new three car garage, laundry room, home office and converted an existing office area into a new bathroom and kitchen pantry. We retrofit an existing second floor area to provide a new bedroom and added a new second floor bedroom and bathroom. The addition included 3,000 s.f. of new area and we retrofit roughly 1,500 s.f. of the existing residence. To increase energy efficiency we added a new standing seam metal roof and impact windows throughout and new energy star rated air conditioning units.
Davie Renovation project
This thirty-five year old 2,750 s.f. house was a victim of Hurricane Wilma. A flat roof addition was completely blown off during the storm thus filling the house with wind and water. The home was completely gutted down to the slab and exterior masonry walls. The existing structure was rebuilt along with all new electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and roofing. Energy efficiency and hurricane protection was our goal. A new floor plan was developed to include three bedrooms, two and a half baths, living room, laundry room and kitchen. A covered carport was also converted into a two car garage. A new standing seam metal roof, roof exhaust fans, high SEER air conditioning and impact resistant windows were added to reach the owners goal of energy efficiency and to counter hurricane winds.
Davie renovation project
The goal for this house addition and renovation was to build a safe room which serves as the owner’s office, kitchenette, den, master bathroom, and children’s bedroom. An existing bedroom was converted into a library which served as a link between the existing house and new addition. The new wing of the house includes a solid concrete roof structure that makes the space a self contained safe room with an emergency generator, solar water heater and energy efficient air conditioning to provide relief in the event of the loss of power. A two car garage was added to an existing two car garage. An addition on the opposite side of the house incorporated a new 500 s.f. two tier seating media room with self contained climate control. A new front covered entry was added as well as a new standing seam metal roof and siding to enhance the southern look of the house. New impact doors and windows were retrofit into the existing house and the new addition.
Addition project in Plantation, FL
The challenge of this addition was to replace a one story family room with a two story addition. The only thing separating the existing living room from our addition was a six foot wide pocket interior door. The challenge was to keep out the high winds from Hurricane Wilma when we were half way through with the construction. We built a temporary exterior wall to separate the existing house from the outside. With communications down for three days after the storm we had no way of finding out if there was any damage. Fortunately, we only had one small leak with no damage to the existing home. The ground floor includes a bar and pool table area, a full bathroom and study. The second floor contains a guest bedroom with balcony, full bath and storage closet.
Renovation project in Plantation, FL
The owner’s original request was to change the exterior look of the front of the house by adding a new porch and installing a new roof finish. We used environmentally sensitive materials in the new porch area. The decking and railing is a composite material that looks like wood but is weather and bug resistant. New impact windows and doors were added to the front elevation for safety during hurricanes. The rear of the house had existing accordion shutters. The added standing seam metal roof requires minimum maintenance and has a fifty year life span. The extended roof overhang helps reduce the heat gain on the south wall of the porch throughout the year thus reducing energy costs. This was the fourth job we have completed for this client.
This repeat client called us to build a second addition onto his home. The goal was to add a game room to fit a pool table, video and board game area and have television sets at every corner of the room. A sliding glass door was replaced with a new two way wood burning fireplace with a stone finish. Impact windows and doors were installed as a
Addition project in Weston, FL
The project involved designing an addition to a pie shape lot. A two story 887 s.f. addition was constructed to the rear of the house. Access was quite limited and tying into the existing house a challenge. The ground floor included a new family room with full cabana bath and storage closet. The second floor included two bedrooms and one full bathroom. The second story addition flows into the existing second story seamlessly. The addition ties in and appears to be part of the original house.
Addition project in Davie, FL
Although this was a small 500 s.f. addition it made a big difference in the function of the existing house. A small bump out of the end wall of the existing living room was removed and then extended ten feet. The addition allowed the existing living room to become more functional for furniture layout and entertaining. A new cabana bath and outdoor storage space was added. A 100 s.f. safe room which serves as an interior storage room was built with a solid concrete roof and impact window for protection during a hurricane.
Addition and renovation project in Plantation, FL
This 1960’s house exterior was heavily damaged from hurricane Wilma. The owner requested a new master bedroom addition, master bathroom, conversion of an existing carport into a one car enclosed garage, exterior storage closet, and renovated laundry room/cabana bath, and renovation of the pool patio area. The existing pool over hang was extended and rebuilt with new column enclosures, bar and wing walls.