2010 NARI Capital CotY

Grand Award Winner


2010 NARI Capital CotY Grand Award Winner


  • 80-year-old widow; lives by herself without nearby family in small two-level Cape Cod situated on an otherwise sizeable lot
  • Wants to add square footage and implement an aging-in-place strategy that will enable her to live out her days in residence with dignified self-sufficiency. [This includes relocating the laundry from the basement to a TBD 1st floor space.]
  • Specifically seeking family room; substantially larger master bedroom suite; yet wishes to maintain scale and ambiance of the Cape Cod original
  • Plan calls for reconfiguring existing space while adding space to the rear and the side


  • Remove metal bearing wall between dining room and bedroom; reroute ductwork
  • Remove rear elevation bearing wall [shift loads to microlam supported by vertical steel I-beams
  • Remove small closet
  • Reroute ducting
  • Two small first floor bedrooms convert to, respectively: a) study with built-ins bookcases and b) hallway leading to existing bath, relocated laundry and large-walk-in closet that segues to master bedroom in new addition.
  • Widen every doorway into the newly built suite for better accessibility.
  • 28’ x 29’ rear addition apportioned between new family room and new master bedroom,Family room (14’ x 29’) and adjacent Master bedroom (14’ x 29’) features cathedral ceiling, skylights, recessed lights;
  • French door with top transom leading to back deck
  • Space for flat screen TV and equipment
  • match and extend hardwood flooring into new addition
  • relocate side windows
  • multiple entrances from outside to inside with wide openings for accessibility.
  • double sided glass fireplace between Family Room and Master Bedroom
  • 12’ x 13’ master bathroom wing equipped with whirlpool bath; walk-in shower, double vanity (handicap accessible bath with bath grab bar)
  • create wheelchair-accessible
  • Install French door on the rear elevation that makes it easier for access and back deck


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