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Water Hill Wonder

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


With unlimited potential and abundant space, the homeowners wanted to both utilize the unfinished areas of the home and to customize the existing spaces to optimize function and to create a more cohesive aesthetic. 

The Team

Design & Architecture: Melanie Grabarkiewicz

Project Manager: Meadowlark's Project Management Team

Professional Photography:  Sean Carter


Schematic Design

At an existing 2,800 sq. ft., the home had both an unfinished basement and a working, unfinished space above the garage that our designers knew could be utilized to accommodate our client's wish for more customized private spaces for their family.

In addition, our clients wanted a more customized look and feel to the existing spaces that would be more in line with their discerning aesthetic. A desire to create design features that would provide opportunities for  storage and to display beloved art and sculpture was on their wish list.

Finally they were looking for cohesive plan to tie both existing and new spaces seamlessly.

Their wish list included:

  • A private primary suite with a walk-in closet, an area for a private retreat and a full bath
  • Finishing the basement with a media/entertainment space, organized office/craft room, full laundry with ample storage and pantry, full bathroom and a separate storage area with shelving
  • Add more storage and function to  the existing main-floor laundry 
  • Customize existing areas to personalize the home to meet their needs and aesthetic

Design Development

By adding a private primary suite in the existing unfinished space above the  garage and finishing  the basement with an office/craft room, laundry room with a butler's pantry, and an entertainment hub, this home took full advantage of every square inch on this home. Updates throughout the other areas of the home added the function and desired aesthetic our client's were looking for.

  • Existing builder-grade cabinetry was updated with custom crown molding and repainted to create a custom cabinetry look and feel.
  • Existing kitchen countertops were replaced with Angola Black granite with a honed finish
  • Custom built-in cabinetry was added to the dining room to coordinate with adjoining kitchen cabinetry.
  • Basement finishing included spray foam insulation for better comfort and energy efficiency
  • A custom window seat with storage and adjoining bookshelves add character to the living room area
  • A lower level laundry with butler's pantry, craft room/office, full bath and entertainment area was created in the existing unfinished basement 
  • A primary suite with loads of customized storage and shelving was built out in the attic space above the garage. 
  • Skylights were added to the primary suite for additional natural lighting

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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