In-Law Addition

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The Challenge

This homeowner needed to create additional living space within the existing property for multi-generational living. There was an existing screened porch that was to remain attached to the rear of the home as well as a pool deck, creating an architectural challenge. How do you work within these constraints to build an addition that will join at two locations of the existing structure, maintain a functional roofline and finished floor height all while creating an architecturally appealing finished product? This was not an easy solution for the team at Prince & Sons, but working together with a structural engineer, designer, expert carpenter, and using our own experiences, we were able to complete this challenge.

The Solution

To meet the requirements of the designer and inspections department, we had to remove the roof, wall framing and deck surface of the existing screened porch and strengthen the existing foundation and floor system. This was so we could partially build on top of the existing floor framing and construct a roof system of engineered trusses that would allow us to create interior living space with vaulted ceilings. In order to use these specific trusses, which spanned 45 feet, we had to exceed the existing home’s roof line, creating another architectural challenge. Since the two rooflines were at different heights, the team decided that creating a hip gable to tie the two together would be the most aesthetically pleasing approach.

The Finished Product

After five months of work, we were able to complete this 795 square foot addition and create a space that the homeowner will love forever. Outfitted with a kitchenette of painted cabinets and quartz countertops, full bathroom, laundry room, two bedrooms, a living room with vaulted ceilings, a private screened porch, and a gas fireplace, our client can now live without leaving the comforts of home and family behind.