– Corvallis, OR –
The primary motivation behind this three-story addition and whole-house remodel was a desire to comfortably “age in place.” Our clients felt very rooted to their location: a rural home where they had raised their children, close to family and friends. However, they worried about the safety of their three-story home as they became older.
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A below-grade garage with the house above meant they were continually climbing stairs. Bringing in groceries required carrying heavy bags upstairs from the garage to the main floor. Doing laundry involved trips up and down stairs from the top floor to the main floor with an awkward laundry basket in hand. It was not a safe or comfortable design for aging in place.
The solution was a three-story residential elevator, and as it turns out, the best location opens into a beautiful new master bath with a walk-in shower and separate Jacuzzi tub. It’s a little unconventional, but our clients love it and it precisely suits their needs.
On the main floor, the addition provided space for a new laundry room, sunroom, and a much larger covered patio, as well as an expanded kitchen with a walk-in pantry. The redesigned and renovated kitchen is both functional and gorgeous, with custom maple cabinets and polished quartz countertops.
The remodel also gave the homeowners an opportunity to update outdated elements throughout the house, such as flooring and cabinets. In addition, a local woodworker designed and built a beautiful new curved hemlock handrail and stair treads to replace the boxy 1970s-style stairs in the entry. Using local craftsmen and natural materials was important to these homeowners since their original home had been constructed entirely from wood harvested from their property.
The completed addition and remodel is both beautiful and functional, and allows these homeowners to enjoy their retirement in a home they cherish.
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