Tommy and Nancie Smith contacted Legacy Builders Group with interest in learning about the process of designing and building a master suite addition that would accommodate the family’s new needs.
This was a project that was more than two years in the making. Nancie’s mom, Patty, had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and as Patty’s health began to change, the family decided she should move in with Tommy and Nancie. It was a change that took some time for the whole family to come to grips with, so the desire was to design a barrier-free addition that would serve Patty well today and would function as needs changed in the future. It was important to all that Patty be able to maintain her independence.
During the first meeting, the family discussed their needs with Legacy Builders Group and identified their goals for the project. Based on that meeting, Legacy Builders Group created preliminary 3D designs, a project concept with a potential budget range and a design agreement. Once the design agreement was in place, Legacy Builders Group and the family collaboratively developed the project designs. Once the final designs were agreed upon, LBG arranged a trade and vendor walk-through of the Smith’s home to secure fixed price proposals and uncover any uncertainty about the implementation of design.
“We had several sets of goals to accomplish as this was designed for three specific people with their specific goals and needs,” said Chris Otte, co-owner of Legacy Builders Group. “Some of the goals were identified to meet needs were necessary today, and others were designed to meet needs in thefuture.”
Once the planning work was complete, LBG provided a fixed price contract with its build-to-budget promise and began construction. The project included an addition to the home with a master bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. The family also wanted to add a deck on the back of the home, create a full basement, update the entrance to the home for barrier-free access, as well as update these spaces in ways that added lots of natural light.
“Our biggest worry,” said Nancie, “was that the project wouldn’t get completed once it started. We had some negative preconceived notions about contractors because we watch a lot of DIY TV and we’ve heard a lot of bad stories.”
For the master bedroom, natural light was important, as was an exterior door to the deck with a low threshold to maximize access. It also included a walk-in closet. The sitting room was designed to be a place for Patty to have her own personal space to relax. The barrier-free design of the bathroom included a roll-in shower, grab bars, and a vanity that will be able to transition with the family’s needs.
A rear deck with a covered porch was designed with the whole family in mind as a means to enjoy the home’s beautiful back yard. And, the home’s entrance was updated to a barrier-free design that included a gradual concrete ramp to the front porch and a fully redesigned front porch. The family wanted this to be both functional and attractive.
“What I really like about the project is how everything is at the same level,” said Patty. “I can walk around the home comfortably and safely. I can walk out the front door and down the sidewalk very easily. I especially like the barrier-free shower. My old condo shower had a 1”curb and I would hit my foot against it every time I used it.”
“Early on in the project, we had had some concerns that we addressed with Legacy Builders Group,” said Nancie. “The way the team listened, handled the issues and treated us so respectfully, brought great comfort and confidence and our concerns were alleviated.”
While living in the home during the project was a concern for the family, in their experience, the construction did not feel intrusive; dust was controlled well and the main house remained intact until the addition was under roof. Overall, the family enjoyed watching the process from beginning to end.
“The deck and porch roof are fast becoming the best surprise of the project. The deck has really been a blessing,” said Nancie. “It’s a great place to hang out together and enjoy the wonderful backyard as a family.”
“Working with Patty, Tommy and Nancie was a very refreshing experience,” said Bill Haussler, co-owner of Legacy Builders Group. “In the midst of a difficult life change, they were gracious, light-hearted, and a lot of fun to work with. It was such a pleasure watching the three of them interact and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to help them plan, design, and remodel their home.”