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Residential Reincarnation Vol. II

Our work on the Welsh’s beautiful home in St. Paul wrapped up just in time for the Holidays.  After giving the family a few months to get settled we visited them again to capture some final “after” images.  The slideshows below give you a glimpse at the before, during and after phases of the project with a few notes. To read more about the project, CLICK HERE.

This project is a great example of cost-conscious maximization and re-enlivening of a great home. Reusing, getting creative with stock components and just being smart about how things were done allowed all of the work completed, throughout four stories, to come in at just about $150/square foot.  For a job this size, we think that’s an incredible value. Feel free to contact us for more information about how we bill our jobs – you may be pleasantly surprised that unlike most general contractors out there our interior design services are included in the cost of our contracting work.

Historic Exteriors Handled With Care

To increase bedroom and office space, a 2nd story addition was added above the first level family room – where a flat roofed deck space existed previously. A new tile roof was added to match the existing, the chimney raised above the 3rd story, and the entire exterior of the home received a new coat of paint. Click through the images below to see the progression of the exteriors throughout the project.

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Finished front exterior.

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Front exterior - before the work began.

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Front exterior - 2nd story addition emerges.

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Front exterior - prepped for new stucco and paint.

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The finished exterior.

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Finished 2nd story addition.

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Back exterior - before demolition.

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Back exterior - demolition underway.

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Back exterior - framing and roof well underway.

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Back exterior - prepped for new stucco.

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Back exterior - stucco and paint complete.

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Back exterior - finished.

Finished front exterior.Front exterior - before the work began.Front exterior - 2nd story addition emerges.Front exterior - prepped for new stucco and paint.The finished exterior.Finished 2nd story addition.Back exterior - before demolition.Back exterior - demolition underway.Back exterior - framing and roof well underway.Back exterior - prepped for new stucco.Back exterior - stucco and paint complete.Back exterior - finished.

Connecting the Kitchen & Living Room

The goal with the Kitchen and Living Room was to open up the space into the “family hub” of daily activity.  Family casual dining space, kitchen and living spaces were all reconnected by removing walls and widening openings.

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The finished kitchen.

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Before remodeling - looking from dining room toward kitchen.

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Demolition and framing under way.

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Drywall primed and floor being installed.

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Cabinets and appliances being installed.

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Cabinets nearly completed - ceiling being painted.

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Finished kitchen - loads of work space.

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Family dining banquette.

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Opening between kitchen and family room widened.

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Cabinet detail.

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Huge island - loads of work space.

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Countertop and backsplash detail.

The finished kitchen.Before remodeling - looking from dining room toward kitchen.Demolition and framing under way.Drywall primed and floor being installed.Cabinets and appliances being installed.Cabinets nearly completed - ceiling being painted.Finished kitchen - loads of work space.Family dining banquette.Opening between kitchen and family room widened.Cabinet detail.Huge island - loads of work space.Countertop and backsplash detail.

Creating Usable Space for a Growing Family

The project reclaimed and repurposed a number of spaces to fit the needs of the growing Welsh family.  The existing house had no interior connection to the 2-car garage, nor did it have enough closet space at the existing rear entry.  The solution was to repurpose the existing maid’s quarters to become a generous mudroom and new rear entry with connection to the garage.  The lower level, while spacious, was made of many rooms with small openings. The reclaimed lower level spaces would have wider connections between rooms, wood laminate flooring, new cabinets, additional egress window and a new 3/4 bath.

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Finished mudroom.

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Mudroom - before demolition - replaced the existing maid's quarters.

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Mudroom - demolition in progress.

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Mudroom - in progress.

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Mudroom on move-in day.

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New rear entry - in demolition - where the maid's bathroom was.

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New rear entry on move-in day. This entry now gets A LOT of use.

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Bulkhead before it was replaced by new egress window.

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New egress window replaces old bulkhead door & stairs.

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Lower level playroom during demolition - opening enlarged between rooms.

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Finished ower level playroom - cabinets at right hide plumbing.

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Finished lower level playroom - cabinets salvaged from previous kitchen.

Finished mudroom.Mudroom - before demolition - replaced the existing maid's quarters.Mudroom - demolition in progress.Mudroom - in progress.Mudroom on move-in day.New rear entry - in demolition - where the maid's bathroom was.New rear entry on move-in day. This entry now gets A LOT of use.Bulkhead before it was replaced by new egress window.New egress window replaces old bulkhead door & stairs.Lower level playroom during demolition - opening enlarged between rooms.Finished ower level playroom - cabinets at right hide plumbing.Finished lower level playroom - cabinets salvaged from previous kitchen.

Accommodating a New Home Office

Two offices were worked into the revised plan.  One is a new space built in the 2nd story addition, the other updated an existing office space once connected to the master sitting room.  To create a secured, private entry to this updated office, the main stairway was rerouted – closing off one branch with a new bookshelf, and creating a new branch leading to the office space.  In the process, a short stairway into the kitchen was filled in with pantry cupboards.

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Stairs rerouted to reach the office - branch ahead filled with bookshelves.

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Bookshelves replaced the previous branch of the stairway.

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The finished stairway - the carpet runner was saved, cleaned & re-installed.

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Before the new office stairs were cut in.

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New, private entrance stairs to the office taking shape.

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New office stairs almost done.

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New office stairs - finished.

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Office - previously reached through the master suite.

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Office - original opening closed.

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Office - almost done.

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A new set of cabinets & shelves replaced the previous opening to the office.

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The finished office.

Stairs rerouted to reach the office - branch ahead filled with bookshelves.Bookshelves replaced the previous branch of the stairway.The finished stairway - the carpet runner was saved, cleaned & re-installed.Before the new office stairs were cut in.New, private entrance stairs to the office taking shape.New office stairs almost done.New office stairs - finished.Office - previously reached through the master suite.Office - original opening closed.Office - almost done.A new set of cabinets & shelves replaced the previous opening to the office.The finished office.

The Master Plan

The original master sitting room was replaced by an enlarged master closet and laundry. The master bathroom was enlarged to accommodate a whirlpool tub and a 2-sink vanity.

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Master bedroom before project - owners replaced sitting room with large closet.

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Master suite under construction.

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The finished master bedroom - the bath was enlarged to include a tub.

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Previous bathroom was nice, but no tub. The vanity was saved & re-used elsewhere.

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Master bath under construction.

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Master bath with new tub and shower surround.

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Finished master bath tub & shower.

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The updated bath pocket door.

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The original master closet - a little cramped.

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The finished master closet - tons of storage space.

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A new upper level laundry was built next to the new master closet.

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The finished laundry.

Master bedroom before project - owners replaced sitting room with large closet.Master suite under construction.The finished master bedroom - the bath was enlarged to include a tub.Previous bathroom was nice, but no tub. The vanity was saved & re-used elsewhere.Master bath under construction.Master bath with new tub and shower surround.Finished master bath tub & shower.The updated bath pocket door.The original master closet - a little cramped.The finished master closet - tons of storage space.A new upper level laundry was built next to the new master closet.The finished laundry.

Room to Grow

The 2nd story addition created an additional bedroom, a new office, two new bathrooms and allowed an existing bedroom to enlarge – while replacing a Jack ‘n Jill 2-door bathroom with a private girl’s bath.

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A new bedroom, office and two bathrooms would be built here.

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Framing for the new upstairs addition.,

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One new bedroom taking shape in the new addition.

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One finished bedroom.

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This bedroom would be updated and a private bath added.

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The entry at left was filled in and new opening cut for larger windows.

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The finished girl's bedroom.

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New closet in the girl's bedroom.

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New private bath for the girl's bedroom. The vanity is from the previous master bath.

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A wall mural was added to another upstairs bedroom.

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New bath between the new office and bedroom.

A new bedroom, office and two bathrooms would be built here.Framing for the new upstairs addition.,One new bedroom taking shape in the new addition.One finished bedroom.This bedroom would be updated and a private bath added.The entry at left was filled in and new opening cut for larger windows.The finished girl's bedroom.New closet in the girl's bedroom.New private bath for the girl's bedroom. The vanity is from the previous master bath.A wall mural was added to another upstairs bedroom.New bath between the new office and bedroom.

Details

Details are something we hold close to our hearts here at House Dressing Company.  From uncommon craftsmanship to creative trim combinations – and even creative reuse of original details – we think the details in a home bring out its true character.  Enjoy this collection of shots highlighting some of the smaller, but just-as-important details of this great project.

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Millwork - office shelves designed and built to match the existing desk.

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Reuse - Door hardware work keeping usually is.

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Trim - Details like these add nice character to a home.

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Reuse - Anything worth saving is stored, refinished and re-used.

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Reuse - Radiator covers. When needed we'll recreate details to match.

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Matching trimwork from existing spaces is one of our specialties.

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Matching colors on this clay tile roof was particularly challenging.

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New plumbing combined with existing radiator equals money saved.

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Adding new gridwork to this existing window gave it new life.

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Trim detail like this is standard for us.

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We combined two pattners of tile to create this custom mix.

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Three tile styles and handsome window trim work well together.

Millwork - office shelves designed and built to match the existing desk.Reuse - Door hardware work keeping usually is.Trim - Details like these add nice character to a home.Reuse - Anything worth saving is stored, refinished and re-used.Reuse - Radiator covers. When needed we'll recreate details to match.Matching trimwork from existing spaces is one of our specialties.Matching colors on this clay tile roof was particularly challenging.New plumbing combined with existing radiator equals money saved.Adding new gridwork to this existing window gave it new life.Trim detail like this is standard for us.We combined two pattners of tile to create this custom mix.Three tile styles and handsome window trim work well together.