Celia Bertoia of Bozeman, Montana wanted to take better advantage of her home’s southern exposure to the winter sun.
She has a very good eye for design and had drawn up her own plans for an interior remodel in order to change the layout of the living room and the guest bedroom. Her interior remodel plan also added a mudroom in the entry and enlarged her home office. We found a way to incorporate a powder room off the living room, and a pantry off of the kitchen. These changes have resulted in a much more functional and workable home.
We gutted the front area of the house and rearranged the interior walls in order to relocate the living area to the south side. We re-used some of the existing windows, as well as a nice piece of custom stained glass that had been in the front door. We carefully removed the stained glass and installed it in the new guest bath wall as a delightful focal point.
Celia’s plan for the new living area called for larger windows, built-in bench seating, and a wood stove. These interior remodel modifications have created a warm and cozy space in which, according to Celia, they spend most of their time now. Friends have told them that the house is much more livable and inviting.
The poor quality factory pre-fabricated greenhouse that had been attached to the south side of the house was removed. We replaced it by enclosing the existing south-east end of the front covered patio. This new greenhouse space functions as an area for their garden starts. The new concrete floor of this space has been plumbed with radiant heat tubing in case they decide to heat it in the future.
Celia chose to do most of the painting and trim staining on her own time, saving a bit of money and allowing her to be as particular as she liked. This was a nice example of a homeowner’s active participation in the success of their own interior remodel project.
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