Wrightwood Avenue Dormer Addition

Challenge

The owner needed additional bedroom space for his growing family. The 1-1/2 story residence provided only one bedroom on the second floor (without a closet) and two small rooms on the first floor. There was only one bathroom on the first floor. Also a guest room was needed for occasional visits from family.

The existing stairs to the second floor had awkward winders at the top and a sloping ceiling. The front portion of the attic floor was not insulated properly. The rear attic studio had ceiling insulation, but none on the brick walls.

There was only one furnace which did not have air conditioning, and was not large enough to heat the entire attic space. The existing 100 amp electrical panel was inadequate.

Solution

A dormer was added in the middle portion of the roof. It was set back from the front elevation to maintain the architectural integrity and set back from the rear for budgetary reasons.

Three full size bedrooms were added with full closets and a bathroom with a large shower. A hallway gallery is the central space at the top of the stairs which were made straight. A separate furnace was added for the second floor, and air conditioning was introduced throughout the house.

Spray foam insulation was installed in the front part of the attic, and a double side wall was insulated with cellulose batts. The new side walls had to be steel studs to follow the City Code. Cement board siding was installed with a color to match the brick below.

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EXISTING SECOND FLOOR

 

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NEW SECOND FLOOR

 

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EXISTING FIRST FLOOR

 

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NEW FIRST FLOOR

 

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Before Construction

During Construction