Remodeled Bathrooms

Part of Raino-Ogden's redesign called for reducing the size of the downstairs bath, making it into a powder room, and carving out a mudroom next door. The rec room became the family room with a TV and speakers built into the wall, flanked by cabinets that hold the family's sizeable CD and DVD collection. French doors now open out onto a new paver patio. The existing French doors leading into the living room stayed, flanked by shelves backed with ­frosted glass that allows a collection of colored glass bottles to be seen from both rooms.

To solve the space problem on the second floor, Raino-Ogden designed a master suite, bumping out the back wall of the house over the downstairs addition to add an extra 400 square feet of space. Now four people don't have to squeeze into one upstairs bathroom, which the daughters are thrilled about. In the master bath, there are his-and-hers closets, a steam shower, and an alcove for the tub. The bedroom even got a small gas-burning fireplace.

The major change to the outside was removing the mustard-yellow aluminum siding in favor of muted gray cedar clapboards. While they were at it, the couple also expanded the front porch, removing the roof and building an open-topped pergola to allow more sunlight to penetrate the living room.

Best of all, they stayed on budget, spending $315,000, which included the cost of the addition and interior changes, as well as re-siding the whole house with wood, redoing the front porch, and landscaping. Contractor Jim Jetel reused materials where he could, salvaging old-growth pine boards from the rec room's walls to build the master-bath vanity and re-laying the kitchen's pine flooring in the upstairs hallway, which helped save cash—and character. "If it looks like the original building, that's the best addition," says Jetel. And if, in the process of adding on, there's a chance to straighten out a "remuddled living space, so much the better.

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