We are excited to be a recipient of the 2019 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence. The entries for this design award were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.
Remodeling Project Summary
We remodeled a beautiful Mid-Century modern home by transforming it into an ADA compliant home while maintaining the integrity of the original design. Our first-time home buyers hoped we could give them a home that allowed the wheelchair-bound husband access to all areas of their home in a functional way, while planning for the future of children and their new large dog.
Making Mid-Century Modern ADA Accessible
We took into account how they would entertain, comfortable spaces for them to grow into, all while keeping to the style of Mid-Century modern, even utilizing wooden wall tiles which we were able to remove and reapply in new locations. Our design team determined the most efficient and functional design was to convert the existing 2 car garage into the new Master Suite with master bath and closet. We then added a new 2-1/2 car garage at an oblique angle to comply with zoning setbacks and easements. We took into account the driveway and pitch of the garage floor to eliminate the need for any ramps at the garage entrance. The carefully designed rear hall and doorways accommodated a widened wheelchair accessible experience. The living room, dining room, and kitchen walls were removed to create a wide-open feel. We opened the ceiling by creating a cathedral ceiling in the living and dining room. The end results were stunning yet functional for all their existing and future needs.
Remodeling Project Results
The end results of this whole house ADA remodel far exceeded the homeowners and this contractors’ expectations. We retained the Mid-Century charm of the house and while creating distinct, functional spaces that also flow seamlessly into each other. The cathedral ceiling conversion in the living room contributed to the open and airy feel of the house. Although the original living room fireplace had simple modern lines, the new industrial looking fireplace fits in perfectly with the Mid-century Modern feel and décor. These homeowners are able to entertain and utilize all areas of their new home, and he is able to function while in or out of his wheelchair in all areas. We’ve created a home this young couple sees as not only their first home, but also their forever home.
“We are proud to see our work acknowledged through the Chrysalis Awards program,” said Rob Froehlich. “We love all of our projects, but it’s particularly special to be recognized for our design and remodeling excellence by such a prestigious organization.”
To see more pictures of this beautiful renovation, visit our portfolio for this project.
The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fourteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to every professional remodeler and design professional in the United States.