Our client, like most of us, had focused their attention for upgrading and home remodeling on its interior. Over a series of several years, their design daydreams had stimulated and provided the impetus for contracting for a new kitchen, powder room and master bathroom. Complementing these major projects were new furniture and paint throughout. As the husband contemplated retirement, there was one thing that still bothered them. It was the exterior of their home which was still locked in the 80’s. They wanted a home whose exterior would make them beam with satisfaction as they entered their driveway.
A less than impressive porch entry and a deteriorating brick floor, coupled with a truncated porch roof, detracted from the overall curb appeal of this 1989 residence. A combination of brick and rough cedar beams dated the home and buried its full potential.
At The Buckingham Group, we recognized the fact that this home was a stunner waiting to happen. A design build project by our firm created a budget friendly transformation that had a big impact on the home’s front elevation.
Cedar posts and beams surrounding the garage doors, as well as supporting posts for the porch, were eliminated. The roof and the entry floor of the porch were removed and selected sections of the original brick veneer were removed from the walls and salvaged. A new porch roof, with a graceful arch, was framed. Hand tooled, dry stacked limestone replaced the structural wood elements, while the salvaged brick veneer was reinstalled. A stamped and stained concrete floor that now matches the sidewalk was poured, replacing the crumbling brick floor of the porch. The front entrance now features two dry stack stone pillars that are crowned with a beautiful stone arch. The porch roof is accented with a copper barrel top architectural focal point. The home now sports a gracious front entry with new pendant lighting that not only welcomes, but invites guests to the interior.
Ed Kaplan will bring a wealth of remodeling knowledge and experience to your home. You will find his design and engineering insights invaluable over the term of your remodeling project.
Remodeling Articles : remodeling ideas and information
Our remodeling resource library contains selections from publications that cover the broad spectrum of work and services that we provide. They represent a combination of articles authored by our Design Principal Edward B. Kaplan as well as related materials contributed by recognized authorities in their fields. The library has been created to provide our clients, business associates and friends with a ready resource of categorized information that will both broaden their knowledge and enhance their remodeling experience.