San Diego State Residential Remodel & Room Addition Case Study

This project, a single family residence originally built-in the late 1950’s, is one of the finest examples for the Design-Build process in which I’ve ever been involved. A split level home in the Hillcrest area, with a covered breeze way separating your house from the detached garage, it was a very common “ranch rambler” style home with low sloping roofs and flat level ceilings. Heating & Air conditioning, windows & insulation, along with water fixtures were original equipment, and all were in need of upgrades.

We started with approximately 3, 600 square feet of living space, consisting of; 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms, a really dated Kitchen, standard Dining & Living Room all at grade level upstairs, and a dark lower level with Family Room, Bedroom, Bath, and Laundry Room. Also upstairs we had a regular 2-car Garage with limited circulation for vehicle to get into the garage, with created some conflict with the leading Entry and the covered breeze way.

The goal was to enclose the breeze way for a new Kitchen and Nook, which would create connection, and direct access, to the Garage, to raise the height of the entire roof, and introduce a new grand tower Foyer. We also wanted to expand the upper level Balcony overlooking the trunk yard, and increase the view to the Open Space canyon at the rear of the property.

I possibly could easily write a book on this one project, however I decided to take a different approach. Yes, we took many pictures to capture our progress along the way. But I also documented the status with videos where I really could walk you through the home, inside and out, and narrate the changes even as we viewed them together. I trust you’ll enjoy the article, and that this form of teaching and learning will add value to your upcoming residential remodel.

Front of House – Before

This really is one of those jobs that was stripped down to the studs, inside and out. The drywall, insulation, electrical, plumbing, all of it was removed allowing for a full retrofit of the utilities, and to carry it into compliance with current code. We even removed a large portion of the existing structural roof system to increase the ceiling heights in several of the rooms.

Front of House – After

Following the building plans we completed, I commenced with the permit process through the town of San Diego… and exactly what a process it was. Our plans were reviewed, and approved, by six different departments, over a 4-month time period, culminating in our building permit to begin construction. Then came the changes, by the owners, the conditions that individuals uncovered during demolition, and the interior designer as the project unfolded. All these are very common in the home remodeling process.

The construction evolved over a 12-month period of time, with imported materials requested by the master, and modifications to site itself when additional out-buildings were introduced.

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