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Our Wolfeboro Home Renovation Takes Shape

I’ve gotten a little behind in my chronicle of my own home renovation. July has been busy!

If you missed my previous posts, the short story is that my husband and I decided to live full-time in an historic house that we originally bought as a second home. An addition that was planned for some point in the future all of a sudden became a priority. We broke ground in late May. If you want to read more, check out these posts: Wolfeboro Historic Home Renovation Round 2 and Our Wolfeboro Home Renovation Begins!

So here we are in July and the addition is starting to take shape!

Wolfeboro NH historic home renovation

Huge kudos goes to Nick Lagannas and his crew (Carroll County Exteriors). These guys are skilled and meticulous… and, especially with a job like this, paying attention to every detail along the way is key.

Tying an addition into an old structure is always a challenge, but a tricky design has added to the fun. We needed to incorporate varied floor heights and elevations. The goal was to work with the existing grade, keep the addition in scale to the house and maintain the lines of a classic New England farmhouse — if you are familiar with the term “vernacular Vermont” architecture, my house is a great example, despite the fact that we are in New Hampshire.

The need for a two-car garage under the house drove the size of the space. On the main living floor, the family room has lots of light (and amazing views to the rear). The top floor was brought down as much as possible to incorporate a back staircase leading to the master bedroom and bath. By using lower knee walls and shed dormers, all of the roof ridges are lower than the existing house.

Rough plumbing and electric is underway…

Exterior roof trim is wrapping up and by the time I post this, the roof shingles and siding should be moving right along!

Thanks for sharing my renovation journey with me. If you’ve got any questions or comments, please use the “conversation” link below.

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Match Your Storage Space to Your Stuff

You know that saying “A place for everything and everything in its place”? Some say that phrase may have originated in the nautical world to promote conserving space and keeping things tidy on a ship. It makes sense since every inch counts on a boat. But every inch counts in your home, too.

Clutter is stressful, unsightly and inefficient. No matter how much we may try to pare down our “stuff”, it has a way of creeping out unless we actively plan storage space with our possessions in mind.   Closets, shelves, cubbies, drawers, and key pieces of “functioning” furniture will all contribute to the storage spaces you need. But make sure to think this out as part of any renovation or redesign plan.

storage space by Wentworth Style

Analyze how you use the items that you want to store. Ask yourself:

  • Do I use this enough to justify giving it prime real estate in my home?
  • Is this item so bulky that it gets more valuable space than it really deserves? Could it be stored someplace that is harder to reach to free up prime space for smaller items that are used more frequently?
  • If I buy in bulk, can I store some of the item in a primary location and the remainder somewhere else?

With one of my current commercial clients, we actually took that last question a step further and placed a note on the bottom of the stock stored in a main area to tell the user where the remainder is stored. (Planning for those forgetful moments we all have!)

When I design a kitchen, I actually accompany the design with a document that outlines where I suggest each item be stored. This planning is done up front because it also works as a great check list for the renovation. My client reviews the plan before we get too far into the process and often says “oh… but I also have this and we need to figure out where it will go”. The list helps us make sure that we have a home for everything.

It all gets back to making the space you live in (or work in) feel good!
Our lives are all crazy… remember how important it is that the spaces we spend time in feel “just right” to us.

Here are a few photos from Houzz.com to inspire you!