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Very nice 3 season addition.
with the PVC windows, insulated floor to ceiling and a space heater its close to 4 season.
all wood inside Tiger on the floor Pine car siding walls and ceiling. with step/raised platform between and a patio.
This was a Wausau Home with the center box beam. Which was replaced with an engineered beam much less intrusive. and with some walls removed to make a modern kitchen. With dry walling covering all the old hardboard interior, trim, new stairs and flooring.
Quite the find... Customer downsizing off the water found this German Style home on 9 Acres on the auction block, with pond. Just past the ski hill right off Hwy but hard to find/ hidden away.
First was to put on a new roof and put in a fireplace BIS Unit (very nice efficient and effective - clean burning unit) that hooked to the forced air system capable of heating the house.
Next was the office entrance addition , down stairs bath expansion with walk in shower cutting in a window and well to make a legal lower level bedroom with custom Quean Bunks. Then turned reframed framed and turned the old garage into a family room.
Then onto the garage: Okay concept started off life as garage with office & storage but ended up very much as a building 3 wide plus storage stall and two deep with back roll up door
Next was on to opening up the kitchen, dinning and laundry and upgrading with SS and Stone, tile....
Other things done to boot: Refinished rooms and flooring, whole house fan, added and replaced lights, mud room basement entrance storage... refurbished an all brass original Crapper, painted soffit, trim.... dug out pond.
Then later helped with the sugar shack and added a car port to the as Bernie said uuuge garage
1611 McCarthy Blvd.
1611 McCarthy Blvd. was a complete gut, remodel and addition (virtually new construction) on 1.16 Acres and 161.6 ft frontage: In the City of Wausau of what was a 600 sq ft house with lots of character. And a cellar of a basement with stairs to match its 1930's vintage. First we divided the very large water front lot, into 1611 & 1607 McCarthy Blvd.
Notice that we:
Three bedroom plus bonus room, 3 bath, master suite, wet bar, first floor laundry……………..
House Dimensions: 36x42 with 3024 square footage
Complete remodel includes; new roof structure & finish, wiring, plumbing with Pex Water System, Kolbe & Kolbe double hung vinyl windows & in-swing French doors, front entry door, two- stage forced air furnace & central air, hardwood, ceramic tile and carpeted flooring and a three stall garage.
o 13 x 30 Master Suite & Bath w/custom Cherry cabinetry & granite tiled floor & counter, custom tiled whirlpool garden tub, his & hers closets,
o 13 x9’9” Main Floor Bedroom
o 15 x 14’9”(Irregular) Lower Level Bedroom
o 14 x 11 Lower Level Bonus Room
o Main Floor Full Bath, custom ceramic tiled shower & glass block window.
o Main Floor Laundry with utility sink
o Kitchen with custom Hickory cabinetry and granite counter & stainless steel sink.
o Lower level family room with walk out to paver stone patio entrance.
o Custom Alder wood cabinetry in lower bath and family room service area.
o Main level wrap-around deck
o Elite Dock
o Circle Driveway
o Security Chimney Bis Ultra high-efficiency low-emissions wood burning fireplace (vented to heat entire home)
o Tankless on-demand hot water heater
o Master, laundry & lower level walls are all sound insulated.
Exterior features Krukowski Stone Quartzite Sandstone Circa 1935, 30-yr Diamond-Kote cement board siding and trimmed with “Merlot” steel soffit, fascia and gutters. Roof structure has energy heal trusses, R-48 blown-in insulation and 30-year GAF/ELK Timberline shingles. Windows are vinyl double hung “Merlot” exterior /white interior with Low-E glass. Matching leaded stain glass entry and garage side door.
The three-stall garage is generously wired with outlets and lighting. Prepped to be finished and heated with a natural gas heater.
Kitchen has “Ubatuba” granite counter tops with an Eclipse integral stainless steel sink and brushed nickel Kohler “Forte” faucet. Custom Hickory cabinets by Swita Cabinetry feature pull-out spice racks and accents. Flooring is 3-4-5” hardwood Maple into the dining/great room. Dining/great room with four-panel French doors to upper deck is wired with a B-channel from lower level sound system. Ducted vents provide heat from lower level wood-burning fireplace.
Master Suite features 2-¼” "old growth" hardwood Maple flooring, his & hers deluxe closets and triple panel French door access to the upper level wrap-around deck. The bedroom is set up for a DVD stereo flat panel system with B channel for deck stereo sound. The Master bath has his & hers vessel sinks resting on a granite tile top that matches the granite floor, a two-person custom tiled whirlpool garden tub, large shower and hidden toilet. Cherry custom cabinets and accent shelves by Swita Cabinetry. Fixtures are Kohler “Forte” in brushed nickel.
Main floor second bedroom has 2-1/4” old growth hardwood maple flooring, and twin closets.
Main floor full bath features a custom tiled rain shower & tub with custom glass block window, matching tile floor and chrome Kohler Forte fixtures.
The main floor hallway has a coat closet and built-in linen cupboard. Also on the main floor is the hidden laundry area with bonus utility sink and wall cupboards.
Lower level service area with tile floor has custom Alder cabinets by Swita Cabinetry, Elkay stainless steel sink and a Kohler “Forte” faucet in brushed nickel. This area is set up for adding two items (ie. dish washer, ice maker, mini refrigerator or wine cooler). The carpet and tile in this area also include “Warm Wire” heated flooring.
Lower level family room has a “Bis” high efficiency wood-burning fireplace capable of heating 2500 sq ft that has been ducted also to heat the main floor. Wiring above the large "old growth" Hemlock mantel and is set up for a flat screen TV with a DVR surround sound system with Sub B-channel service to the main floor stereo. Family room also features custom Alder wood accents to matching the service area.
Lower level bath has a “Warm Wire” heated tile floor, neo-angle corner shower, Alder custom cabinetry with a solid surface integral lave top. Fixtures and shower door accents are “Oil Rubbed Bronze”.
The lower level third bedroom with a large window beautiful river view, has an 8 ft closet and is set up for a computer desk/gaming station and wall mounted flat panel monitor for a multi media PC or DVR/DVD system.
Also on the lower level is a large bonus room with expansive closet.
The large utility/storage room offers space for unlimited storage and houses the 200 amp electrical service box, Pex plumbing with “on-demand” hot water heater, two-stage forced air furnace and central air.
Large wrap-around deck is constructed from Cedartone treated decking with stain all the way through, custom matched powder- coated “merlot” deck spindles and outdoor speakers from the master suite DVD stereo system.
A custom “Elite-Dock” with bench is constructed from the matching Cedartone decking and “Merlot” powder coated steel footings provides direct access to the Wisconsin River from the 161.66 feet of frontage. This faces the area formerly used for the Wausau water ski show.
Custom paver patio, walkway, retaining wall and landscape edging.
After laying out the addition and cutting a few trees. We then made a temporary entrance over the ditch with retaining wall. Elite had years previously constructed this project. The need was to save it and the black top driveway while allowing for easy productive access for the project.
The next step after getting the excavator in over the temporary entrance was to get out the big logs. Dig and prep the excavation. This project being on Rib Mountain we inevitable hit some ground water. In fact it was coming out the up hill walls of the dig like springs. So after digging we compacted before the water rose as best we could then dug a spot for both effluent and sump pits. got in the ft of 3/4 stone we had planed for both a good foundation base and also to allow sort of a reservoir for the ground water. Which is always a condition to be managed on the mountain.
A temporary pump was used to keep the water in check. Footings were installed using Form-A-Drain a great product to use on any project, indispensable with this kind of a known ground water issue.
After the footings cured a day ICF's were used to form up basement walls, including windows. As you will see in other projects on this page and others it's our standard practice, and a fine product. Giving both a cost effective foundation as no subcontractors are needed. As well as the superior insulating advantages. The fact that no additional framing is then required to drywall off the basement space also adds to its overall cost effectiveness. Drywall is applied directly to the foam, attached to plastic imbedded into the ICF.
A dimpled plastic membrane (Platon) was then used to protect the foundation from groundwater. Note how we extended the Platon over the outside Form-A-Drain to better control any water, diverging it away from the wall to footing joint and into the drain. Then an additional amount of stone was placed to finish off the foundation system.
Floor, wall and roof framing. One note here again, the raw sub floor is a good place to use up old and leftover paints of any type. Giving both protection while building and protection from spills under carpeted areas.
Next the basement floor was poured, plumbing, electrical, heat, ventilation ...systems were installed. Insulation, vapor barrier, and drywall installed. Note that we use fiber tape, not paper. This allows for more drywall mud to penetrate into the joints, while it takes a bit more labor then the process used by all drywall subcontractors, it giving a stronger job and all work is done by Elite.
The exterior siding, soffit, roofing, drywall finish and painting, hardwood flooring, tile, doors, trim, and a walk-in tile and glass block shower were completed. The ICF above grade was finished with modern day stucco, basically plastic in a can, applied just like traditional stucco by hand trowel. All by Elite personnel, no subcontractors required! The home owner retired with both talent and a woodworking shop in the basement did both the Master Bath Cabinetry and the master walk in closet/laundry organizer. His father did the stained glass insert for the counter top cabinet between the his & hers sinks. Then the following summer we went back to put rock and edging around the addition.
With all the angles, vaulted ceiling W/ T&G cedar, floating sink vanity W/ vessel sink, large linen and toilet cabinets, large closet and the, accent stone (real), a sound system and the piste de resistance beautiful walk in tiled shower. This is arguable my favorite master of all we have done thus far. Being somewhere in the mix of northwood's, northwest, rustic and modern all while being in a water front home, it would do well in a home I'd own.
So this is a tornado shelter mid home that doubles as the walk-in master closet.
These two pics show an area for printers, fax etc. that is both accusable for all offices yet aesthetically hidden.
This desk area will feature a PC for member use. It provides privacy for paper work and the like, while a sliding panel can allow the end teller to assist, if needed. This area then with a stool for the teller also doubles as an ADA, wheelchair accusable teller station.
views of the look of the house before. Pic from the first day showing the layers that had been put over the stucco.
The flat roof everyone thought was the major problem of this house but in fact it was the failed stucco, I had concerns about some spots and new we would have to do some structural repair. What we found though was far worse then could have been imagined or had ever seen before. Some 23 spots of major structural rot including about 20' of the sill plate the hose rests on, and some 25' of foundation falling apart.
As it turns out what we found the first gay was the worst of it and threw pure luck everything was repairable without any interior damage or remodeling.
The end product is fantastic and saves this unique and historic home, that even after 80 years has that modern look and a modern layout.
This distinctive round corner is the large open concept formal living room down and the spacious master up.
The stucco was applied by EDCO, of Hatley WI.
To insure that the final product would not be compromised by the flat roof it was foamed to form a seamless seal.
The final touch was to replace the old deck and ugly rail with a bit higher stucco wall and a field of Artificial turf Augusta Putt, and just in case someone wants to putt we took the drain and made a cup out of it.
The color of the New Brazilian Cherry flooring, is brought out by the very detailed cabinets with a touch of antiquing. Corian counters and a cool nook for a plasma TV helps blend the high tech of the stainless appliances to the details of the cabinetry. Notice the bump out of the sink and the krypton Kitchler under cabinet lighting.
A very custom wet bar made to fit in the mission style, with a wonderful hammered sink and faucet that the home owner found on line, is perfect with the rest of the furniture of the formal living room. We also had to re-fabricate the new cabinet in the bathroom to accommodate an angled wall. Neu-Heat electric in-floor heating, Corian sink, Kohler bath tub, water closet, new faucets and tile completes this room.
Note the Runtal Hydronic Radiators, a giant step above the old technology of the standard hydronic base board systems. Shown in this project in white, it is available in a handful of designer colors. All new satin nickel knobs and hinges along with a few other perks finish out the project.
The first in this series is a "before" pic and the rest are when we were on the way out the last day.
The fireplace, in addition to being dated, had a chimney fire burning wood. It had cracked the flue and burned through. Some point after that, it must have been thought to be safe for gas. Converted to a gas fireplace with a burning grate stuffed in. However, still using the old chase and flue, it was not the safest fireplace in the neighborhood.
We also built in an old-ffashioned Murphy Bed, not seen much outside I Love Lucy and Three Stooges reruns. A fantastic addition to this room, offering the flexibility to be used as a guest room without the bad nights sleep for the guest that usually comes from a traditional sofa bed.
Another feature is the dry bar with wine storage and mini fridge stowed in an Elite-built cabinet base.
The closet at the base of the stairs is a pantry and the extended closet space under the stairs is for some much needed storage.
Then later we were back to add on to the front with a two car garage, redo the interior dinning and kitchen with 3/4 Hardwood flooring, made a patio front entrance, walks around the front and a Tera-lok patio and steps out back.
More interior picks to come!
The usable room left is about 14x 22, a large room.
As soon as we started to tear back the shingles we could see problems. When the old shingles were taken off, the roofer did not bother to reinstall new tar paper, never mind the ice and water shielding for the eaves, valleys and flashings.
He had re-stapled back the tar paper that was torn during demolition. Problem being around the chimney - in the old days they used allot of tar and the paper must of come up with the shingles As you see, there was virtually no tar paper left around the chimney.
Then to make maters worse the old flashing was put back down over the top of what remained of the tar paper and then flashed with just the shingle from above was over the top of the flashing.
The fix was easy, we cleaned up the flashing, put down ice and water shielding, and roofed the area using the proper methods to have several layers safeguarding the water on top of each successive layer of roofing.
The home owners are to be finishing up the basement the next winter, and a flooring contractor is to be redoing the upstairs flooring.