Mountain Brook Addition

AFTER THE STORM
These homeowners experienced nature’s fury up close when a storm’s straight-line winds uprooted a large tree and sent it crashing through a section of their home. An addition they had built onto their ranch home eight years earlier, this newer section of the house included a television room for the couple’s children and an exercise room. Between the falling tree and the rain from the storm, it was a total loss.
As the saying goes, however, every cloud has a silver lining. And the couple saw an opportunity to fix several things they did not like about the original addition.

A New Plan
“Whenever we looked back on the original renovation, we realized there were things we wished we had done differently,” Cathy says. “So, when it became clear we were going to have to rebuild it again, we decided it was an opportunity to fix what we didn’t like and get exactly what we wanted.”
At the top of their priority list were a fireplace, a vaulted ceiling and the addition of a new screen porch connecting to the existing deck.
They had recently worked with Lovette Construction on a small bathroom remodel, so they asked owner Clint Lovette to give them an estimate on the new addition.
“At first, we talked about simply putting the addition back in its original condition,” Clint says. “Once we started talking about what they really wanted to incorporate, however, it quickly became clear that the new addition was going to be drastically different. That’s when we put the brakes on and got an architect—Carey Hollingsworth--involved in the project,” he says.
The new floor plan, which took a few months to develop, incorporated a slightly new floor plan and all the other features the homeowners’ desired for the project.

The Renovation
The first step in the renovation involved demolishing the old addition down to its foundation. Lovette Construction also had to do some mold remediation due to water that had gotten into the space.
In the original space, one would walk down the hallway from the kitchen into the addition and the first thing he or she would see was the exercise room. The new plan swapped the location of the two rooms and installed the new fireplace so it is the new focal point of the remodel. A small bar area was also added. Additionally, the exercise room is hidden by reclaimed barn doors, the first of many reclaimed materials used in the new space.
The hardwood floors are reclaimed oak from a factory in Eutaw, Alabama. The screen porch ceiling and bar area walls are skins from the milling of reclaimed flooring and beams. The scissor trusses in the main den are reclaimed sinker pine from Mobile Bay and were used to dry dock submarines in WWII. These trusses were milled into 4x8 beams and then custom fit and fabricated on site. The vaulted ceilings are treated with a 1"x6" tongue and groove pine and stained. The fireplace is limestone. The floor of the screen porch is reclaimed heart pine flooring.
“From our perspective, this project is unique in the fact that we did use so many reclaimed items,” Lovette says, “from the floors to the trusses in the ceiling to the beam skins and barn doors. When you are working with these types of materials, not everything is perfect, so it can be quite a challenge.”
Installing the trusses meant getting 4” x 8” beams from the company and manufacturing them to fit on site. Essentially, every beam is done individually and put together as it goes up. Working with reclaimed flooring is a similar challenge. While it is run through a mill, it is not exact and it takes attention to detail to make it work.
“There is a significant amount of planning on the front end in terms of material location and selection on a job like this one,” Lovette says, “but the homeowners’ desire to use many reclaimed materials throughout the space really makes the renovation special. It gives the entire space a whole new feel,” he says.

Exceeding Expectations
According to the homeowner, the space is even better than she imagined. “The space is so much more inviting than it was before,” she says. “It was such an odd layout before, you could not do a lot with the room. Now, more people can gather in here and even though it is still family friendly, it is a bit more of an adult gathering space,” she says. “We definitely spend more time in it.”
“I especially love the trusses and the beam skins we used in the screened-in porch and on the walls in the bar area,” Cathy comments. “The craftsmanship and attention to detail from Clint and his team is just amazing,”

The Right Partner
“When we were selecting our contractor, we really liked Clint because he was easy to talk to and we felt that he understood what we wanted to do,” Cathy says. “We did not have the same type of relationship with our contractor eight years ago. Clint and his team were so responsive and we had a sense of camaraderie that we were in this together,” she says. “And that relationship shows in the end result. We just love our new addition.”

Source for this article:
Remodel Birmingham Magazine
www.remodelalabama.com
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Scissor trusses made from reclaimed sinker pine out of Mobile, AL.
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Scissor trusses made from reclaimed sinker pine out of Mobile, AL. Pine v-joint tongue and groove ceiling.
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Scissor trusses made from reclaimed sinker pine out of Mobile, AL.
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Reclaimed oak beam skins applied to the wall. These are about a quarter inch thick and are leftover after the milling process for reclaimed flooring and beams. They are an excellent accent to walls and ceilings.
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Reclaimed barn doors and reclaimed oak flooring.
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Scissor trusses made from reclaimed sinker pine out of Mobile, AL.
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Screen porch that comes off the addition and flows onto a large deck.
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Addition after the storm and before demo.
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Spray foam was used throughout the space for walls and ceilings.
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