Remodel Project: Montague Drive

Year of Remodel: 2007

Design: Wayne Foley, Foley Construction

Construction: Foley Construction

Length of Construction: 8 months


The completed remodel project.

These empty nesters decided to upsize their home rather than downsize their home. The reason, to accommodate their growing extended family. However, having completed a significant renovation several years prior and not being totally satisfied with the experience, they were nervous about undertaking an even larger renovation. All that changed when they visited our 2005 Parade of Homes entry. After seeing the incredible transformation of the Parade Home and having a chance to talk with the owners about their experience, they were excited once again about taking on the challenge of a whole house renovation.

This 1970’s 5-level home presented some huge design and construction challenges. We renovated every room in the home on all levels except one 12’ x 14’ room where the owners stayed during the renovation. The primary goals were to create a large, warm and friendly space for parents, children and grandchildren to gather, to tie this new space  into the existing home as seamlessly as possible and to give the home a face lift inside and out.

Similar to the home on Windy Knoll, we transformed the existing garage into the new family room, raising the roof and adding a 2-story stone fireplace.  A new addition included a first floor laundry and a 3-car garage with porte-cochere covered entry. To give the exterior home a new modern look, we raised the roof to a steeper pitch, added dormers, replaced the windows and doors, replaced the aluminum siding with Hardi-Plank siding and painted the existing brick. A new front entry with custom glass doors and sidelights and the addition of stone on the walls to tie into the stone at  chimney and garage columns together were the finishing touches on this exterior transformation.

With the gracious family room designed, we tackled the owners other concerns – a desire to have master suite comparable to the homes of today and a lower level family room that was a compliment to their beautiful pool complex. By combining several bedrooms into one and reconfiguring the layout, the owners now had their perfect private retreat complete with a new bedroom, luxury bath and large closets with custom built-in storage.  Converting an old basement bath into a cabana bath and remodeling the lower level recreation room with water friendly materials, fresh paint and sweeping views of the pool, a new pool room was created. The new pool room is equally as inviting as the pool, but a much cooler retreat on hot summer days.

Additional interior work included new hardwood flooring, carpeting, paint, trim upgrades and the renovation of a hall bath. With the new master suite and pool room and the freshening of the other interior spaces, the interior of this home is now on par with the beautiful new exterior.

Special Challenges: This property is encumbered by a Resource Protection Area (RPA). This is a special area of land that cannot be disturbed by law. To fit the new addition in the building envelop without compromising the Resource Protection Area was a challenge. The addition was built as close as possible to the demarcation line of the RPA but still remains within the legal boundaries.

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