My first post celebrates the completion of a renovation I’ve been working on over the past year in Slingerlands, New York.
I have been working closely with my client to develop a design for their nineteenth century Victorian house.
The program included multiple iterations of ideas and drawings to develop the following programmatic needs for their busy family of four. I designed the space with the detailed input of the family members. We managed to consolidate their books, board games, music and art in the custom millwork that surrounding the family room. The client’s concern for environmental sustainability is reflected in the reuse of the existing kitchen cabinets.
The project consists of a number of elements designed to meet the needs. The first goal was to connect the kitchen with the family room by removing an existing load-bearing wall. In order to accomplish this we reconfigured the existing kitchen and relocated the first floor powder room originally in the family room. Secondly, we created a new entry into the back of the house as well as a new mudroom and small home office space. Finally, we reconfigured the second floor master bathroom to accommodate a washer and dryer that were originally located on the first floor near the kitchen.
I am going to focus on the removal of the load bearing wall to illustrate the process below:
Load Bearing Wall: In order to remove the load bearing wall there were a few things we had to do in order to make sure the load was distributed properly. First, we had to put in a two LVL beams with a post on either side of the opening. Simultaneously, there had to be two posts added in the basement to account for the additional weight distribution.
March 23, 2013:
Here is a photo of the walls opened up. The demolition has begun. The beams are in place. The floors stripped. The cabinets removed and stored for future use.
July 15, 2013:
Here is a photo that captures how things were coming together. Millwork is not in yet, but you can get a sense of where it going as the niches are there.
November 22,2013: Photography Sebastien Barre
Completed. Mill-work is in place, floors are in, lights are shining (BTW these are amazing LED lights that are on dimmers), everything is painted and the house smells freshly renovated.