Bungalow to Farmhouse Conversion
A family of five wanted a little more room and a lot more functionality in their 1920s story-and-a-half bungalow. Damage from ice dams and inadequate structure made it impractical to save the top floor.
Awad + Koontz created an entirely new second floor and opened the layout on the first floor while preserving the footprint of the original house. The new second story adds just 400 square feet to the home, but the impact is huge. Space-savvy design makes the entire house feel open, livable and uncrowded.
The farmhouse-inspired exterior features vertical siding with battens and casement windows with horizontal muntins.
Bringing the staircase up to code required a custom solution at the bottom of the stairs, which extend into the kitchen area. Extra storage and a peninsula island create a comfortable, seamless transition.
A view from the stairwell highlights the bright, open interior and bespoke metal handrail. Generous windows turn the second-floor landing into a showpiece.
Nine-foot-wide entry doors flood the first floor with natural light. In the expanded living area, new white oak flooring is blended with the original hardwood floors for a seamless look.
The structure of the cedar porch is deliberately exposed, with industrial lighting, galvanized steel gutters and a metal roof chosen for their durability and crisp aesthetic.
The original upstairs was cramped and gloomy with limited headroom. Inventive space planning on the new second floor allowed room for three bedrooms, a bathroom, and an open landing that functions as a home office.