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3630 Elm Street
Pittsburgh, PA

Riverside cottage expanded for enjoyment of 3 generations

renovation includes a family room additionThis client enjoys relaxing at their second home on the Allegheny River on weekends, often with their children and grandchildren. Originally a “manufactured” home assembled here in 1995, it arrived in two sections and was joined to a foundation. The family’s remodeling goal with Master Remodelers was to modernize and expand the living spaces.

Working closely with the family, our design-build team proposed two small additions and a bump-out to add 500 sq. ft. to the footprint of this 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. With a new 60 sq. ft. bump-out, the living room now features large arched windows for a beautifully framed view of the river, plus a vaulted ceiling for drama. (below)

renovation includes a family room addition and living room bump outLarge family room addition with open floor plan to kitchen

The 360 sq. ft. family room addition—which replaced a screened porch—also features a large window to the woods, vaulted ceiling, plus sliding doors to a new patio.  It’s part of an open floor plan connecting the kitchen, living, dining and family rooms; a double pocket door can isolate the living room to control sound.  In collaboration with our own architectural designer, an interior design partner created a warm and harmonious interior decor. (family room addition below)

family room addition for riverside cottage(family room looking toward kitchen below, showing open floor plan)

family room addition for riverside cottage, looking toward kitchenMaster Remodelers always enjoys sharing remodeling Before and After photos.  Here are two that show the dramatic changes in this 2013 renovated riverside home. In the After photo, notice the 60 sq. ft. bump out in the center that enlarged the living room.

whole house cottage remodel, including family room addition.

Living room Before the bump out… and After, with new river view windows

renovated cottage with family room addition and living room bumpout for riverside cottageIn terms of the structural changes to the house, the floor plan below shows where the major footprint changes happened and outlined in red here, including the family room addition.

floor plan for family room addition for riverside cottageFor more photos and details of this home remodel, visit our portfolio on or on Facebook.  We have just entered this project and a 2013 master bath in Sewickley Heights in the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s annual contest.  Fingers crossed.