An American Bungalow: Before and After
Transformed into a classic Craftsman home, this Sears kit house lives, looks, and performs better than ever.
Synopsis: Remodeling a house can be a daunting prospect for both architect and homeowner. As architect Michael Klement demonstrates, however, the process can be made smoother. In this project, Klement worked with the homeowner over an eight-year period to make structural, energy, and design improvements and to create a traditionally styled home for modern lifestyles. The project was completed in phases to ease the financial and renovation stress on the homeowner.
When I walked up to Gerry Duprey’s house for the first time with my builder, Bruce Curtis, and our feet nearly went through the rotten front-porch floor, we knew we had our work cut out for us. What we didn’t know, but would soon find out, was that the back porch was in even worse shape and that everything between needed work. Some areas needed structural improvement, most needed air-sealing and insulating, and every inch of the house needed…