Off with the roof!
It has been a busy winter here at Studio RAD.
In addition to our other projects, we bought a house on the east side of Marquette and are doing a full renovation to it. The house is a charming 1924 bungalow on a large lot just a few blocks from Lake Superior. We decided it would be a great opportunity for us to create a modern home that functions well for the way families live today while still keeping a lot of the charm that an older house has to offer.
The original layout was one floor comprising of two bedrooms, a small kitchen, a dining room, living room and den. An attic was accessed via hatch and the basement was clean but unfinished.
The distinctive roof shape is achieved by installing pre-manufactured trusses on exterior walls that ascend and descend to create the folded shape. This dynamic form allows us to keep the front low in keeping with the neighborhood and is acheived using traditional and economical building practices.
Our plans involve completely changing the layout of the first floor to centralize the kitchen and open the house to access the light coming in from the south. We eliminated a bedroom on the first floor which allowed us to create an L shaped space that has a breakfast area on one side and a dining area on the other. The L configuration allows us to open up the existing small rooms so common to many older homes while still having distinct spaces.
A new stair off the kitchen will lead to the new second floor with three bedrooms and two baths.
The addition of several LVL beams supported by steel columns that will be concealed in the walls allow us to open the space as we wish with minimal impact.
Blue skies on a beautiful February Marquette day!
The challenge of doing this project over the course of a Marquette winter has meant that some creative solutions were used to remove and install the second floor quickly. Our amazing crew assembled the exterior walls in the attic prior to roof demo.
The roof was removed in a day and the previously assembled exterior walls were lifted into place the very next day. That was Monday and Tuesday! Today is Wednesday and the trusses have arrived and will begin to be placed today! We hope to have the roof sheathed by the end of the week. One week of kind weather and an innovative and methodical construction team are allowing us to achieve great things!
As you can see we are off to a swift and exciting start. I look forward to keeping you posted on our progress.
Thank you to Wilbur Construction LLC for helping us get to this point.
Perhaps you are thinking about doing some improvements to your older home? It is amazing what is possible with a bit of thoughtful design and a modest budget.
We would love to talk to you about any projects you have in mind!