UPDATE 1: Design
With both clients doing remote work, having dedicated office space is a necessity. Unfortunately, 1946 homes aren’t exactly known for their 21st-century amenities, leaving our clients with less than ideal workspaces. And with children that needed their own spaces as well, the main level was starting to feel a little cramped, which is why the 1/2 story above presented a unique opportunity. Could our design team revitalize the upper level to make room for offices somewhere else in the home? Moving would not be an option, as the clients really enjoyed their St. Paul neighborhood, the charming backyard, and the previously finished main level remodel.
Let’s Talk About Solutions
For better work-life balance and organization, we needed to create distinct work spaces without crowding private bedrooms with desks, cords, and all the other needs of a functional office. Our solution was to propose a shed dormer along the entire length of the back of the home that would interject the 1/2 story upper level with the necessary ceiling heights to utilize otherwise unusable spaces below the gabled roof. This change meant that the upper level plan gained over 200 sq. ft without extending the footprint of the home, space that was previously affected by the steep pitch of the roof. With an increase in space, we switched the bedrooms upstairs, added a bath, and created a refreshed upper level family room, leaving several rooms downstairs to be repurposed into fully functional offices.
Areas of Consideration:
- We needed to relocate structural support for the roof to the exterior walls to avoid dropping posts throughout the upper level family room.
- Cladding for the exterior of the dormer needed to feel appropriate to the home with a surprising modern touch.
- The relocated upper level bedrooms needed to be spacious with generous closets and a bathroom big enough for a family to share.