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Water Hill Wonder

Originally built as a spec home in 2017, this home had standard builder grade finishes which presented us with a blank canvas to design and implement the desires of our clients’ dream home.

The Vision

With unlimited potential and abundant space, the homeowners wanted to utilize the unfinished areas of the home to be more attractive, open, and welcoming; not only for their guests, but for themselves. While expanding larger spaces to open the floorplan and detailing the intimate areas for comfortability, this home had a spectrum of needs to be met to ensure its overall continuity and feel.


The Team

Design & Architecture: Melanie Grabarkiewicz

Project Manager: Joe Scanlon


Schematic Design

At an existing 2,800 sq. ft., the home had both an unfinished basement and a working, unfinished space above the garage. By adding a private master suite in the garage space and finishing said basement with a crafting room, laundry room with a working kitchen, and an entertainment hub, this home saw its core spaces revitalized and refreshed.

  • Kept original tile flooring in main laundry
  • Repainted existing kitchen cabinetry and added custom crown molding for balance
  • Kitchen island countertops replaced with a honed Angola Black finish
  • Beadboard and trim added to kitchen island
  • Custom Meadowlark built-ins designed for dining room and kitchen
  • Finished basement with egress windows, cork flooring, and spray foam insulation
  • Custom Meadowlark bookshelves and window seat additions to living room space
  • Custom trim throughout home was matched to existing trim for continuity

Design Development

  • Sliding barn door and open ceiling concept added to lower level laundry
  • Second furnace and water heater added to accommodate to additional bathrooms
  • Removed stairwell entry via the garage to gain square footage for new master bath/suite while simultaneously adding space in garage for storage
  • Added window seat in master and skylight for natural lighting
  • New windows throughout
  • Upgraded spray foam insulation

The Results

Now nearly 4,200 finished sq. ft., this whole house remodel does a lot more with less - energy efficient upgrades in addition to changes at the core of the home, making each space comfortable and healthy to live in. What was a blank canvas at this Water Hill Wonder is now a beautiful home that our clients love.

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