Exterior Face-Lift

Team Entry: Richard Bubnowski Design LLC, Point Pleasant, N.J. and Robert Lott Fine Homebuilding Metedeconk, N.J.
Project location: Bay Head, N.J.
Project cost: $160,000

Although it was located in an exclusive coastal community, the house was a very ordinary 1950s ranch used mostly as a weekend residence and getaway for a family of four. The client wanted to update the not-so-exclusive home with an aesthetic that would be more suitable for its strongly Shingle Style surroundings.

The homeowner felt the house lacked the warmth and charm of the neighborhood’s turn-of-the-century architecture. The solution was to give the home the look and feel of a classic beach house with a wrap-around covered porch and deck that stepped down to the lawn. Tapered half-height columns supported by shingle-clad plinths provide an entirely new look, complemented by lantern style lighting, an Arts and Crafts style also found in some New Jersey coastal communities.

Overhead, a prefinished standing-seam roof in dark bronze contrasts with the stark white trim. Asbestos siding was eliminated and replaced with Western red cedar shingles. The exterior makeover also included new windows and doors, bead-board soffits and trim. An existing pool deck off the rear of the house was redone in mahogany.

Toward the rear of the house and adjacent to the existing swimming pool, an outdoor shower/dressing area was constructed.
One of the challenges was the 50- by 150-ft. lot that allowed little room for expansion to the side. The existing right side wall had already encroached slightly on the 6-ft. required side yard setback, and expansion in that direction was not possible. On the opposite side, a 10-ft. setback requirement was a limitation.

Due to extremely poor soil conditions and the proximity of adjacent homes, the remodeler used helical pilings instead of conventional wood pilings to support the covered porch addition, raising the cost of construction considerably.

The judges appreciated the remodeler’s attention to detail and said the project was “very successful at making something from nothing.”

Products specified:

Doors/windows: Andersen
Bath fixtures: Moen
Insulation: Johns Manville
Lighting fixtures: Lightolier, Troy
Roofing: GAF, Englert
Siding: Cedar Products Ltd.
Structural materials: Simpson Strong Tie
Trim work: Azek

Craftsman Design & Renovation
Portland, Ore.

Team Entry: Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich. and Washtenaw Woodrights
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kaufman Construction, Inc.
Cumming, Iowa

Honorable Mention:
T Square Remodeling
Vancouver, Wash.