Full Home Remodel in Tacoma's Proctor District
This North Tacoma home had not been renovated since it was built in 1958. Like most other old homes other homes in the Tacoma area, this property had a very closed off floor plan. Nearly every room and hallway had four walls and a door, giving it a very closed and isolated feel.
Because the home had not been touched in over 50 years, our first course of action was upgrading the homes basic functions – plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. The original oil furnace was removed and replaced with a high efficiency furnace. Because the new owner was on a very tight budget and could not afford to re-pipe and re-wire the entire house, we did our best to make sure that any and all key components of the electrical and plumbing system that were exposed by the remodeling were upgraded to the latest industry and building code standards without breaking the bank.
Our next order of business was the exterior envelope of the home. There is not much sense in installing a new high efficiency heating system if the house can’t keep the heat in, so we went to work. All of the original single pane and highly energy inefficient windows were replaced with new double pane units. The warped front door was replaced with an affordable but classy maintenance free fiberglass unit. All areas exposed by demolition were insulated or re-insulated to meet current energy efficiency codes and a new 30 year asphalt shingle roof was installed.
Now that we had created a mechanically sound and energy efficient shell of a house we went to work on the interior. The most important thing needed for the interior remodel was to reconfigure the floor plan to make it more of an open concept floor plan and more family friendly. We eliminated two walls in the dining room and kitchen providing a nice spacious feel the moment you walk in the front door. By building a peninsula with a breakfast bar on one side and kitchen cabinets and counters on the other side, we were able to create a separation of space between the kitchen and dining areas, without impeding on the open concept home feel that was extremely important to the client.
The kitchen floors were upgraded to tile. New custom cabinets and granite countertops were installed with a custom composite under mount sink colored to match the granite and tile backsplash. All new stainless steel appliances were supplied and installed.
The main floor bathroom layout was untouched to stay within the owner’s budget, but all the finishes in the bathroom were upgraded to create a whole new look and updated feel. The fiberglass shower surround was upgraded to subway tile, the cabinet doors were replaced, original cabinets were painted, a granite countertop was added, and the linoleum floor was upgraded to a large format tile to increase the appearance of space.
The real gem of this property renovation was the basement remodel. The daylight basement was completely unfinished, but at over 600 sf with a 7’ ceiling had amazing potential that we capitalized upon by framing in a mechanical and storage room to hide some of the less aesthetic features of the home while simultaneously creating a large bonus room, utility room with washer and dryer hookups, and a ¾ bath all in what was thought to be useless space.
No detail of this home renovation was overlooked. The aged brick fireplace was updated with a custom faux stone paint job and tile hearth, new carpet was laid throughout, all the millwork was replaced and the doors were refinished. The end result of this home renovation left the customer with a stunning, open concept home with modern finishes and amenities with the original antique charm still intact.