Older homes appeal to us most when they retain their original style; when we associate them with the era in which they were built.  This early 1900’s bungalow was mostly intact, but felt too compartmentalized for a busy family.  The first project we tackled was replacing the front porch windows with energy efficient units to create a sunroom and a cased opening to the adjacent dining room.

A few years later, a family room addition was built, with large double hung windows overlooking the backyard.   My design rotated the stairway 90 degrees from the back of the house to the side.  Cubbies and coat hooks line the grade level entry.  Half a flight up is a remodeled kitchen to the left, with new family room to the right. 

The stair climbs to a skylight illuminated landing, where a transom window salvaged from the front porch diffuses light down.  Original newel posts, railing details, and casing were matched.  The family room is larger than the living room at the front of the house, but not overly so.  It doesn’t feel like an addition, and coheres well with the original spaces.

Upstairs, a small bath under the eaves gained a tiled shower.  The back of a bedroom closet was opened up to create the space, and a new closet was inserted into the old stairwell.  The homeowners chose new vintage style black and white tile contrasted with vibrant yellow walls.

Construction by Bruce Hamachek of Spring Green.  Photos by Eric Wallner of Dodgeville.

608-935-9020 178 1/2 N. Iowa Street Suite 204 Dodgeville, WI 53533 amber@amberwesterman.com