Case Study – Second Floor Addition Project
Doubling the size of a ranch home by adding another floor in Montclair, NJ
When this ranch home in Montclair went on sale, one of its neighbors purchased so it could be renovated. The new owner bought the home so that they could control the renovation and keep it within the general character of the neighborhood. They worried that if they let an outsider buy the home, they would change the style of the house completely and throw off the flow of the neighborhood they loved. They knew the home did need a remodel, however, so they asked us to make the home more comfortable and spacious while making sure it still retained the same general look.
The challenge was to design a modest public face for the house while maximizing the interior for family use. In order to accomplish this goal, we decided to add a second floor addition. The original ranch house was around 4,000 square feet. Upon adding the second floor, we were able to double the total square footage, bringing the home to around 8,000 square feet.
On the second floor, we were to add a new master en suite and three other bedrooms.This allowed us to completely renovate the downstairs. We changed two of the downstairs bedrooms into a family room by removing the wall between them. We moved the kitchen, dinette, and dining room to the back of the house where the deck had once been. This allowed us to move the garage to the front of the home to make it more accessible from the street.
The second floor addition allowed us to completely redo the floor plan of the home to make it more open and accessible, while still maintaining the same general look from the outside.
We enjoyed the challenge of adding a second floor and remodeling the first floor while keeping the same general feel to the home. It allowed us to really embody our mission of focusing on the inside of a home, the space in which you live, rather than the outside.