The Dewey Avenue renovation presented an opportunity to, with a few clever design moves, substantially remodel the interior to achieve a significant number of new rooms while reconfiguring the layout to allow for a better flow and use of spaces
The attic was converted into a formal Second Floor by removing the pull-down attic stairs, designing two new bedrooms, a bathroom and by adding four skylights and new windows to bring in light. All of the floor and roof joists were sistered to improve the structural integrity of the attic and to provide the space needed for 8" of spray foam insulation. Heating, cooling and lighting was also upgraded. The First Floor was reconfigured by the removal of a select few walls to optimize the main entry and to reorganize the kitchen layout. The first floor was then connected to the Second Floor by a spiral metal & wood stair. The basement space, converted to a bedroom and a music studio, was further improved by making it moisture resilient and more comfortable with increased insulation. A mud room was added next to the rear entry with much needed storage.
Dewey Avenue is a showcase of how a modestly sized home can be functionally “expanded” and upgraded without extending the exterior envelope of the home.