I've posted this picture on our Instagram twice now. Both times, I've had several commenters accuse me of posting a "before and after" picture that is of two different rooms. I assure you, both pictures are of the exact same room.
So... wanna hear how and why the hell we did it?
I realize that there's a door in the bottom picture where there was a window in the top picture - it's because we added on a giant master suite to the rear of this property. Our first addition ever. And just in case we didn't have enough to manage on this renovation, we did another addition on to the front of the house as well. But that's another post for another day.
This house was a 3000+ square foot, 3 bedroom, 3 full bath home when we purchased it. All of the bedrooms were on the top floor, with the living areas on the middle floor, and a walkout basement with full living room and garage on the bottom floor. It's in a higher-end area of Louisville called Rolling Fields, adjacent to the highly desirable Country Club section of Indian Hills.
In this area, we knew we had to create at least a fourth bedroom - three bedroom houses don't sell in this area because it's almost all families with children. Additionally, the existing master suite wasn't going to cut it in this area and price range: it was a nicely sized room with hardwood floors and several windows - but the closets weren't walk-in and the bathroom was small, and only allowed for a 36" vanity and a good-sized stand up shower. Now, in another neighborhood and price range, this setup would be perfectly fine. But this property is located in a neighborhood where sales START at around $450k for the smaller houses needing tons of work, and go up to $1 million-plus. We HAD to meet the neighborhood "standards" or this house would never sell.
SO - we decided the best way to do this was to add a master suite onto the rear of the home, off of the living room. There was an unused, flat corner of the backyard that seemed like the perfect spot for it. Upon further inspection, it was definitely the place for it since all of the plumbing was in the rear of the house, and accessible by crawl space - making running plumbing to the addition about as efficient as it could get. I don't have official measurements/design drawings of the ground floor layout that the house had when we purchased it, but here's a quick sketch that is NOT to scale:
Hm. That drawing actually looks pretty decent and semi-to scale. First try too, woohoo! *brush my shoulders off*
Back to the addition, here's photos of the back of the house and the sunroom when we bought it:
(That glassed-in sunroom has been called a greenhouse, an old-school Wendy's, a natatorium, and some other adjectives that I probably shouldn't publish here.)
We knew the addition had to go in that corner between the glassed-in sunroom, which we wanted to keep the layout of, and the rear of the existing structure, so behind the living room. We measured a max length for the addition of about 28 feet long and 21 feet wide. We tried to design the layout on our own, trying to keep the bathroom as close as possible to the original structure to minimize plumbing work, but just couldn't come up with a layout that felt RIGHT. And in this neighborhood and price range (over $750,000 for this size house) - it HAD to be right. It wouldn't sell if it was a little weird.
So, we enlisted the help of Lesa Buckler from Details Interiors to help us come up with a layout - and she NAILED IT, y'all! Here's the layout that she created and we ran with:
So with this layout in hand, architectural drawings, a permit, and some decent weather, we set to work! The construction started in mid-April 2016 and lasted through July. Considering the scope of what we did, I'm shocked it didn't take longer!
The master suite that we added is a total of 540 square feet, with the bedroom being 20'10" x 13'0 with a huge vaulted ceiling. The master bathroom has two separate vanities, a linen closet, a large soaking tub, and a large stand-up shower. There are TWO large walk-in closets across from the bathroom. All of this is on a separate HVAC from the main house for maximum energy efficiency and comfort of the homeowners.
Bonus: Wanna see how big this bathtub is?
This addition definitely helped bring the house up to the standard that is required in Rolling Fields. I know I'm super jealous of it!
And finally, some more before-and-afters of the rear of the house to see just how much this really changed:
You can see more photos of the finished renovation over here.
Get the look! Click on any of the images below to view the exact products we used in this renovation. Disclaimer: Some may be affiliate links. If a product isn't linked, it's most likely either custom or it's staging that belongs to our stager and we don't know the source. As always, feel free to email us with any other questions.
Listing photos by Tim Furlong Jr., RealTourCast Photography
Staging: Jennifer Durenberger, Reflections of you, by Amy
Cabinetry: Wellborn Cabinet from Century Entertainment and Home Furnishings
Tile work: Shane Woods, Innovations in Tile
Custom Shower Glass: Cardinal Shower Enclosures
Rear sunroom glass and sliding doors: Patio Enclosures