Jeff as well as Jennifer Kuryluk, that aspired to relocate their expanding family from a two-bedroom house in Fairfield, Connecticut, to one with 4 bedrooms and also a little character, did the math over as well as over. At some point they understood they would certainly be far better off acquiring an older fixer-upper in a terrific community in the town they enjoyed as well as sustaining an intestine improvement.
With their son, Aiden, then 3 years of ages, as well as little girl, Mia, en route, the Kuryluks knew they just weren’t taking the very easy path. “I was scared we wouldn’t find a residence prior to we marketed our old one, specifically with an infant coming,” Jennifer states. “Panic embed in, and you want to take anything.”
However in expensive Fairfield, “We were seeing homes valued over $500,000 where you ‘d still obtain a 50-year-old kitchen and a negative hot water heater,” Jeff recalls of their eight-month search. So to purchase themselves more time to look– and also preserve some order in their lives throughout the anticipated re-model– they sold their house and rented an additional one for $1,000 a month.
Practically instantly after selling their old residence, they spotted their perfect wreck: a 1,400-square-foot 1953 Cape Cod, brimming with possible and also flaunting a “Up for sale By Owner” sign out front. With its gloomy want kitchen area, one room, and a bathroom downstairs as well as 2 attic room bedrooms with a bath upstairs, your home would need considerable job. “It needed every little thing other than wall surfaces and also a foundation,”Jeff states, meaning all new systems, home siding, insulation, and also a raised roof. In other words, it was perfect.
Jeff, who functioned as a woodworker in university and also now runs his own custom-made concrete-counter business, started with modifying the standard Cape roofing.
To fit 4 rooms and two bathrooms upstairs, he increased the roofing to increase the ceiling elevation from 6 to 9 feet. This allowed them to transform just what was crawl space under the eaves right into living location as well as to set up 5-foot-tall home windows.
By increasing the rafters and also adding a 102-square-foot bumpout over the passageway to the garage, Jeff gained room for a walk-in master storage room.
How They Saved
Jeff functioned as his very own GC. This implied juggling subcontractors’ bids as well as timetables, buying and inventorying construction materials, visiting the site a minimum of daily, and also remaining on top of expenses. Yet it additionally meant he can search for savings at each stage– and also forgo a specialist’s 20 to 30 percent markup on products and also solutions. Approximated savings: $100,000.
Chose to have vinyl exterior siding with a roof shingles pattern set up as opposed to painted cedar tiles. Estimated cost savings: $13,600 in advance, plus at least $1,000 a year in maintenance (painting every five years).
Chose faux-stone veneer made from cast concrete for the exterior walls of the new mudroom entrance and also on the front wall surface of the garage. It cost $5 a square foot less than Pennsylvania reduced rock. Approximated cost savings: $750.
Moving downstairs with visions of a light-filled open layout, Jeff dealt with much more demolition, removing one interior wall and a wardrobe in what was a bedroom, plus two wall surfaces that hemmed in the dark cooking area, which was full of outdated ache cupboards.
This developed a front-to-back living room and also an open-plan kitchen/dining/family area configuration. The open kitchen obtained an island and peninsula to define it, plus glossy white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances to reflect the offered light a lot more. Concrete counters and also a glass-over-wallpaper backsplash help upgrade the space.
How They Saved
Place in a non-traditional backsplash: The DIY kitchen backsplash is 1⁄4- inch-thick glass over wallpaper, rather than ceramic floor tile. Approximated savings: $450.
Acquired sale home appliances and saved them: The couple selected common 30-inch-wide GE devices over costlier pro-style models. They acquired them bit-by-bit as the items went on sale, then maintained them in the garage. Estimated financial savings: $8,000.
Before: Living Room
Busy wallpaper and worn oak floorings made the walled-off living-room feel also smaller.
After: Living Room
The expanded room is freshened up with white wall surfaces as well as new dark-stained oak flooring that unifies the whole first flooring. Jeff, that runs his very own custom counter top service, Concrete Experience, made the concrete fireplace border.
How They Saved
Jeff did a great deal of demolition himself. “It took me as well as one more individual 8 Saturdays to remove all the old pipes and electrical wiring, as well as the plaster walls, which were under a layer of drywall,” Jeff states. “However it was worth it.” Approximated financial savings: $2,000.
Of course, there were the inevitable unforeseen dramas, like The Day They Decided to Relocate the Stairs. Jeff desired it just 3 feet left of where it was– directly encountering the front door– so that he might create a more gracious access. He believed that removing the old stairs and also constructing new ones would be “the very easy component,” however that was prior to he examined the code as well as logistics. “Structure staircases is an art,” he says. “If they’re not spaced correctly, they simply typically aren’t mosting likely to really feel appropriate.”
So he explored his backup fund as well as worked with a sub to develop an all-new staircase with oak treads and an oak-topped railing three feet to the left as you get in, creating a foyer. Jeff paneled the wall below with remaining MDF, a method he found out in the web pages of This Old House.
Before: Garage Passageway
The paneled passageway to the garage was a simplistic tunnel.
After: Mudroom/Laundry Area
As part of his project to make the most of the potential of every space, Jeff renovated the plain path to the garage, transforming it right into a handsome mudroom/laundry area with custom storage built-ins and also a travertine floor.
Before: Family Room
The worn out family room was added throughout a previous restoration.
After: Family Room
Now open up to the kitchen, the room is cozy and brilliant thanks to grass towel– lined walls, brand-new windows, as well as French doors. Jeff had a woodworker lay dark-stained oak floor covering throughout the downstairs to connect the areas together.
The only upstairs bathroom was dark.
Raising the roof covering produced 9-foot ceilings, allowing for a bigger 3-by-5-foot window that brings a lot more light right into the bath.
A cool knotty pine– paneled room was among two that fit upstairs.
Four bed rooms, including this guest area, plus two baths now fit in the full-height redesigned 2nd tale.
How They Conserved
Employed a draftsman instead of an engineer to draw up the prepare for the building division’s authorization. For the second-story 6-by-7-foot bumpout, he secured free framing strategies through his lumber supplier. Estimated financial savings: $10,500.
Downstairs, the Kuryluks removed three interior wall surfaces and a storage room– and changed the staircases far from the entrance– producing an open plan. The changes generated 2,280 square feet of living space.
The Kuryluks lopped off the top flooring, increasing the roofing to acquire 9-foot ceilings as well as fit four bedrooms upstairs.
Jeff states he stayed on spending plan by being arranged, looking for bargains, fulfilling his very own target dates– and building in a 20 percent cushion. Sweat equity and also strategizing, plus preserving the Cape Cod’s fundamental box, did the rest.