Column: Bedroom, porch addition improves lifestyle


Commentary by Larry Greene

REASON TO REMODEL: After living in their 1960’s home on the south side of Indianapolis for 23 years, the homeowners were desperate for more functional space for themselves and their live-in aging parent. “To make things easier on my father, we gave him full access to the only hall bathroom. As a result, we were forced to use the bathroom on the other side of the house. Our bedroom was cramped and the closet was too small. We also needed more space to entertain. With limited space, we decided to add on a large screen porch that could be enjoyed year-round.”

ENLARGED MASTER SUITE SPACE: The north bedroom wall was removed and the bedroom was expanded to create a new master suite. Once the foundation and framing work was complete, interior walls were framed to create a new walk-in cedar closet and access into an existing bathroom off the living room. The newly reconfigured bathroom features a remodeled cultured marble shower with a glass enclosure, new flooring and oil rubbed bronze hardware & plumbing.

SCREEN PORCH DETAILS: To give the homeowners more access to year-round outdoor living, a new 500 SF screen porch was added off the new bedroom addition. To allow year-round use, EZE Breeze vinyl windows were selected over traditional screens. A Mitsubishi heating/cooling unit was installed allowing the homeowners to enjoy four-season comfort. Recessed can lights and two ceiling fans create ample lighting for evening use. A stamped concrete patio connects the new screen porch to the existing outdoor hot tub area. New patio doors create an access point into the screen porch.

FINAL RESULT: “The addition allows us to live in this house comfortably for the rest of our lives. I love having my own closet. I feel so much more organized. The porch is a dream. We enjoy the storms, take naps, play cards and entertain friends and family without the nuisance of bugs.”


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