The owners purchased a classic 1962 ranch style house from the original family and not a single feature had been updated in 54 years. Veteran Cool House Tour attendees since 2007, the couple had gathered many ideas for their new project. They chose their designer after seeing her remodeled home on the 2016 tour.
From the beginning, the goal was to preserve the home’s best features and thereby preserve its character, save resources and reduce the project’s cost. In addition, the builder protected the original landscape with its mature trees without site disruption. Blown-in batts were added to walls; insulation was added to the attic; and the large leaky single-pane windows were replaced with thermally broken windows to provide both comfort and natural daylighting. Only a few walls were removed to provide convenient flow and direct sight lines from entry to living room to dining room and kitchen. The original cramped bathrooms were enlarged and a new laundry in the hallway replaced poorly used space from the old bathrooms and a hall closet. Eighty-five sq. ft. from the garage was repurposed to expand the kitchen. Original doors, light fixtures, and other interior pieces were reused, but new local cabinetry replaced the original kitchen cabinets.
The most challenging aspect of the remodel was the removal of asbestos floors in the kitchen and den. Dealing with the dangerous material ate into the budget and necessitated an invasion of professionals in hazmat suits. The owners nevertheless kept their commitment to a green remodel and are rewarded with an efficient streamlined home equipped for modern living.
Meeta Morrison Designs
Timeless Construction Services
John M. Davis Sr.
All Year Heating and Cooling
Stephanie Bohn Philpott - Stylist and Home Staging
Stephanie Bohn Philpott
Austin Energy Program Participant
2-star Austin Energy Green Building rating