When Hurricane Irene sent a tree through the roof of this Catonsville, MD home, the damage was extensive. The homeowners took advantage of the opportunity presented by the disaster to reinvent their home and make it much more spacious and functional. The end result roughly doubled the amount of living space and brought a century-old bungalow into the modern age while maintaining its original rustic charm with numerous craftsman-style touches.
On the ground floor, the side of the home was extended to accommodate a spacious new kitchen flanked by a breakfast room and family room. All offer ample views of the wooded lot.
The second floor was transformed from cramped quarters – two bedrooms, a study and a single tiny bath – to a spacious four bedrooms, retaining the study, remodeling the existing bath (now for the kids’ use), enlarging the master bedroom and adding a huge master bath with separate tub and shower.
Both levels of the home feature new red oak flooring stained dark to match the existing rustic pine floors. Craftsman-style mouldings and shaker cabinetry complete the traditional feel.
While we’re very proud of our own design skills, much of the credit here goes to the homeowner, our client Jeanine Collins, a Catonsville-based designer. She was involved with us in every step of the process. The end result reflects her professionalism and good taste.
The end result is a home that still looks like it belongs in this older neighborhood and still has every bit of the interior charm it started with, but offers double the living space, modern conveniences and much more livability than its predecessor.