Family Friendly—Design Awards 2015 Gold, Addition Under $150,000

A growing family gets the living space it needs with the remodel of their colonial revival cottage

September 24, 2015
2015 Design Awards winner, Michigan, Kramer Building Co., kitchen

Photos: Amanda Fox/CBI Design Professionals

Addition Under $150,000

Kramer Building Co., Troy, Mich.
Architect: CBI Design Professionals

Project Goals: As their family grew, the owners of this colonial revival cottage required more living space than their 70-year-old home could provide.

Challenges: The clients wanted to install custom inset cabinets, but the cost was a concern. The existing aluminum siding and trim concealed original millwork and shingles that, when exposed, proved to be in poor condition.

Solutions: After researching several options, the clients found that it was just as cost-effective to use the local cabinetmaker. This also allowed for more precise detailing and the inclusion of unique features.

The original siding and trim was either repaired or replaced, creating a seamless exterior appearance.

The kitchen was gutted, expanded, and opened up to a family room and nook area at the rear of the home. The family room opens to a screened porch that takes advantage of a previously unused side yard.

The result is a classical farmhouse kitchen updated with modern features. The much-needed new rear entrance gives the family space for a laundry room and is now the primary entry point from the detached garage.

What the judges said: “This project has such charm. The kitchen layout is perfect, with great flow. The coffered ceiling adds huge impact to the room.”

2015 Design Awards winner, Kramer Building Co., kitchen, interior

2015 Design Awards winner, Kramer Building Co., kitchen

2015 Design Awards winner, Kramer Building Co., exterior, addition

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