This year’s Homes by Architects Tour features a record number of remodels and renovations—a testament to the economy’s impact on homebuilding. Many owners are looking at how they can make existing space more livable when purchasing a new home isn’t an option. For others who have remodeled, like the owners of tour home #10, it was just “the right thing to do,” a way to be mindful of the environmental impact of remodeling versus building new.
At home #10, the homeowners turned down an offer to tear down the home, instead choosing to improve the layout and flow of the interior spaces while capitalizing on the charm and scale of the 1928 home. The LEED Silver project offers a modern, colorful space with maximized energy efficiency and environmental performance.
Peterssen/Keller Architecture similarly worked wonders on a dark, claustrophobic mid-century rambler at home #6, opening up spaces to bring in the natural light and capitalizing on views of the yard, all the while carrying through the mid-century modern essence.
Home #9 is a not-to-be-missed example of how an outdated floorplan can be uniquely transformed to fit the needs of a busy family with young children. Offering intimate homework areas, a children’s loft, and functional mudroom complete with built-in stepping stool, architect Ashley Mitlyng catered to her clients’ need for space without them having to start from scratch in a new location.
Home #9 by Ashley Mitlyng
Check out the 16 remodeled and new homes on this year’s tour. Tickets are available now for $15 (until 3 p.m. on September 19) at homesbyarchitects.org. They will also be available at each home on the tour during the weekend for $20 for a full ticket or $10 for an individual home.
The 2014 Homes By Architects Tour is supported by Marvin Windows and Doors; Midwest Home; Erotas Building Corporation; Mattson Macdonald Young; Marvin Design Gallery by Shaw Stewart; Streeter & Associates; Braden Construction; Bunkers & Associates; Cityscape Painting; DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation; Andrew Flesher Interiors; Forage Modern Workshop; Frost Cabinets; Gabberts; The Great Northern Garage Door Company; JL Rosewood Corporation; John Kraemer & Sons; Otto Painting Design; Topo LLC; TS Building Supply; Warners’ Stellian; Northway Construction; and The Water Doctors.