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Aberdeen House

Another RDM Architecture + Hurst Construction project is well under way, in fact we’re almost done with electrical and plumbing rough in on the first half of the project but have been busy and haven’t had a chance to put together a post yet so this is going to the the first of a couple to catch up to where things are.

The existing house was designed by Morton Payne in the 60’s and had survived pretty unchanged since then. We’re changing it a lot.

The house is essentially a “U” shape with one leg primarily private spaces, living room and dining room in the middle and the kitchen, laundry and garage on the other leg.

A view of the existing house from the back. The courtyard looks significantly different now. We’re working with Lorax Design Group again to add a pool and pool deck and to drastically change the landscape and drainage on the entire site. They have done a number of renderings of the back of the house and we’ll get some of those posted as the project moves forward.

The work to the exterior hasn’t started yet but here are a couple of the early renderings we did in the design process. We are moving the house more toward the contemporary side by removing much of the decorative trim as well as the strange gable end above the entry. In addition the existing windows will be replaced and the paneling and applied trellis replaced by brick to match the existing house with a pair of new round windows.

The side of the house also gets an update with a small trash shed being removed and replaced by a new mudroom with a patio and arbor. The existing roof line is extended to cover the mudroom and match the existing overhang.

In addition we’re changing all of the existing windows and exterior doors for more energy efficient and contemporary clad ones. In the next post, we’ll show some of the interior existing and renderings and then we’ll really get into the construction side of things. Thanks for taking a look. Jump over to our Facebook page and let us know what you think. We’ll be adding additional photos there as we visit the site throughout the construction.

A glare-filled picture but paint and trim are all done and it looks great. We also added some width and an overhang to the existing dormers to bring them into scale with the rest of the house and replaced the existing siding, windows and trim.

A view of the rear of the house. Trim and siding is wrapped up. Just a little bit left.

A finished shot of the upstairs bedroom. The clients did hand-drawn linework on the walls and picked a fantastic color for the ceiling. The overall effect is great.

A view of the just about finished first floor family room. Thanks to Ian’s hard work they were able to get moved back in before the holidays.

The only thing left is to finish up the media cabinet and bench. The client was able to reduce the cost of the built-in by using some off the shelf cabinets and some custom pieces although that meant that the custom pieces couldn’t be built until the back-ordered pre-made ones were there. 

Another great Hurst Construction + RDM Architecture project! 

Another update over at 2019. Siding and exterior trim is on and we’re just waiting for paint. The interior is as well.

With the fireplace gone the space opened up but now that the walls and floors are continuous it finally seems like one large space. This view is looking toward what will be a built-in entertainment center and bench.

Another view of the new family room, looking toward the new door and window. Currently this leads to a new concrete patio but when the next phase is complete it will lead to a large wrap around deck.

A view of the newly enlarged upstairs bedroom, looking toward the new dormer. The built-in IKEA storage units are in as is the new wood floor. The existing room ended just in front of the closest storage unit.

A view back toward the existing house. The existing closet had jogged in about a foot and was expanded to simplify that wall and give the much larger room a more suitable closet.

This project is pretty much complete but we haven’t had a chance to get over there and take some final pictures with the cold weather and the holidays. Stay tuned, we’ll get some posted as soon as we can.

Another update at 2109! All exterior framing and cladding is done. House wrapped and ready for siding and trim.

A dormer was added at the back of the house to improve the space in the upstairs bedroom.

Interior framing and the first good view of the upstairs bedroom looking back toward the existing house.

Another view of the new expanded bedroom, looking toward the new dormer. Also framed out are the openings for the built in storage in the knee wall.

This is a great project, and we’re looking forward the the next phase. We’ll have another update shortly. 

Phase 2 begins! (Honestly we’re a little behind on posts for this project so we’re going to catch up quickly) This was a project we finished up the first phase a couple years ago. We loved the way it turned out. We added a bit of space on the first floor but the majority of the work was in the master bedroom on the second floor. This phase concentrates on the first floor and opening it up in a big way as well as adding to the second floor kid’s bedroom.

The exterior work. Extending the existing roof line over the garage to double the size of a small bedroom. This also created a covered porch on the back of the house which will come in handy when we hit the third phase of the project. We also enlarged the existing dormers and added an overhang that matched the other new work.

The largest part of the first floor renovation is the removal of the fireplace and the wall separating the living room from a family room in what was originally the garage before a previous addition.

We’ll have more updates when we get back after the holiday but this should get things started! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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