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Artistic Makeover
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Artist Remakes a Home

This was a pleasant home on a tree-lined corner in a great neighborhood. However, with the family growing larger, the roof failing and the garage falling down, the ±75 year old house house admitted of many opportunities for upgrades -- in energy efficiency, kitchen layout, bedroom sizes and aesthetic treatment as well.

One of the homeowners is an artist, and she planned an ambitious, thoroughgoing renovation, inside and out. Just a few features:
• a new sitting porch under a timber arbor made of re-used wood
• upgrades to the energy-efficiency of the walls, plus all new windows
• new, high-performance hydronic heating system
• new roofing made of 100% recycled shingles, and all new fiber-cement siding and trim
• enlarged master bedroom suite with an in-room soaking tub surrounded by art-glass windows, and a new bathroom with an artistic shower.

right: before the extensive remodeling

 

below, left: The large two-story addition included a full height curved bay with wraparound windows. Just visible is the art-glass crafted by the owner.

Mike Burns, a local artist who works in metal, crafted railings and porch columns (below) and fancy steel fencing and gate (above, right) that set off other backyard improvements that include a shelter for the chickens and the kids' cardboard constructions.

General Contractor: Bill Muir Construction

below: The single-car garage was completely rebuilt, complete with a custom garage door