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  Private Residence RenovationPrivate Residence Renovation


Eyerman.Csala.Hapeman & Handman - Architects
69 Public Square, #1000, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

General Description

Location: Shavertown, Pennsylvania Date Bid: June 2009
Construction Period: July 2009 to Nov 2009
Total Square Feet: 810 Site: 2.59 acres Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: Front entry, 180; master bathroom, 630; total, 810 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 8’; total, 8’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation. Foundation Entry: CMU, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls Entry: Fiber cement, Pennsylvania fieldstone,
Pennsylvania slate trim. Roof: Aluminum. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

A homeowner wanting to update their contemporary light filled home built in 1980 approached Eyerman.Csala.Hapeman & Handman Architects. The Clients requested two separate items, the renovation of their existing Master Bedroom Suite, as well as the creation of a more open and "welcoming" front entry.

The Master Bedroom's walk-in closets (both with doors to the Bedroom) were located on an outside wall with a dark hall from the Bedroom to one end of the long narrow bathroom on an inside wall. The Architect's first move was to combine the 2 walk-in closets into one, move it to the inside wall, and relocate a single entry to the walk-in closet off the new hall on the outside wall.

Existing windows from the bath were relocated to this hallway, increasing its perceived width. With the new hall in a more central location, a whirlpool tub was located at the "inside" end of the bathroom while a new walk-in shower (with a view of the valley outside) was located at the projecting "outside" corner. A ceiling "well" to an existing roof window was widened. Tub and shower at either end were rotated parallel in plan on a 14-degree angle, along with the floor tile, to shorten the perceived length of the bathroom.

At the front entry, a brick facade and brick wing walls were removed and a raised fieldstone patio with slate pavers was constructed.

A new 4-foot high fieldstone wall (extending beyond the end of the shower projection), with fiber cement siding above, was installed on the former brick ledge.

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