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Dutch Colonial

Situation

After the owners exhausted their search for a larger home, they decided to redesign and add on to their existing 1920’s Dutch Colonial home situated near a historic park in Louisville, Kentucky. Though they would be adding on to the square footage of their home, they wanted to find a way to reduce their energy usage. 

Challenge

Architect Gary Watrous drew the plans for a new kitchen, a garage with a second floor great room, and turned a living room into a master bedroom. Mechanical upgrades included geothermal heating and cooling, and a newly landscaped backyard living space. 

Action

Kiel Thomson Company answered the challenge by creating a temporary kitchen, allowing the family to stay at home with the least amount of disruption in their lives. The back wall of the home was taken down, and the remaining floor was reinforced with steel I beams in the basement. For the addition, exterior stone was matched for a seamless integration of old and new. Multiple wells were drilled under the driveway for geothermal heating and cooling.

Results

An open ceiling in the great room with floor to ceiling windows creates an open airy feeling. The incredible kitchen is finished with stainless steel and bamboo counters and custom walnut cabinets. Answering the need for green energy technology, foam insulation was added. The new master bedroom, transferred from a living room, makes use of a screened in porch by converting it to a walk in closet, and new master bathroom. A new screen porch connects to a sun patio.