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Planning & Home Remodeling

with Jere Rowland

Development of a full set of Plans for remodeling your home is available from Jere Rowland, on the Connecticut Shoreline and River Valley, or further away by special arrangement. Your customized home remodeling plans start with an in-home design consultation to review your design needs, and to explore your home's potential for expansion. The meeting should include a discussion of your budget parameters plus exploration of financing options. The meeting will also deal with questions about planning & zoning, health permits, building permits and inspections, plus other pre-construction steps.  You can learn more now by requesting a free brochure. See the e-mail form on this website, or phone Jere Rowland at 1-860-664-4301.

The home shown on this page was an ideal candidate for remodeling, for two reasons: First, although it was an older home, it had today's rarest feature -- a site that was level, on an oversized lot, close to schools and town, with excellent commuting. Second, since it was a one-story ranch, it had air rights to a full 1-1/2 story addition, conforming to zoning regulations without ever going off the "footprint" of the existing house.

This project was truly an extreme home makeover. Jere Rowland designed a huge master suite on the second floor, with a whirlpool tub and separate shower; also two more bedrooms with a new bath between, plus a full stand-up attic above. The new first floor included a bedroom-bath suite, a library, a large living room with fireplace, a formal dining room, a gourmet kitchen and a fmily room with its own fireplace, plus a new covered front porch. Whole-house air conditioning completed the home's transition to the 21st century.

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The home shown on this page was in an aesthetic crisis. Among other drawbacks, it had a severe case of Builder Cost-Cutting. For example, rough-textured T-111 plywood had been used as the exterior finish siding. Also, low-end trim had been used everywhere inside, all finished with inexpensive dark stain.

For the remodeling, Jere Rowland designed a sparkling new kitchen and an atrium-like breakfast room adjoining a sunken family room. Then he wedded the light new indoor spaces to the outdoors with a wrap-around deck that utilized and dramatized the site's hillside topography, even incorporating an existing tree. The new-house effect was completed by totally re-siding the home with cedar clapboard, stained a soft gray and accented by crisp white exterior trim.

This was the first of a four-phase remodeling program that improved all three levels of this home, adding a luxury bedroom suite for the owners and a separate and roomy in-law apartment with a private, walk-out entrance, always a desireable feature.

The home shown here is another example of a small older house, near town, with excellent commuting, sited on a very desireable lot. The house had been built right after World War II, utilizing what was then thought to be the technology of the future, namely, steel-frame construction. Forty years later, the house was purchased by a young professional couple with a growing family.

Because of its almost-ideal location, the family decided to expand this house instead of buying a new house. That was was when the steel framing was discovered. They were told that remodeling might be extremely difficult -- so they called in the expert -- Jere Rowland. Jere designed a 1-1/2 story addition in front, to include three bedrooms and a bath for the children, with a full attic above, Off the back of the house Jere designed a new, open-plan kitchen and family room. Then, on the same level with the children's bedrooms, he designed a roomy master bedroom suite with cathedral ceiling and its own balcony overlooking the large, tree-enclosed back yard,

Once again, an extreme home makeover had rescued a lovely property and given the home an exciting new lease on life.

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As is often the case these days, the little old house shown here occupied a prime building lot, near town, schools and commuting. Built 50 years ago, the house had never been updated to today's standards. Adding to the challenge, zoning regulations had been stiffened dramatically over the years.

Jere Rowland took up the challenge. Since the only allowable directions for expansion were up and to the rear, he directed the removal of a gloomy little forest of scruffy second growth. He then designed a large family room with vaulted ceiling extending into this sunny new space. He opened this space to an entirely new gourmet kitchen with eating counter.

Above the core of the original house Jere designed a generous new second floor: master bedroom with high tray ceiling, large master bath with whirlpool and shower, plus two more bedrooms with bath and a full-height attic above. On the first floor, the original fireplace was retained in the living room, Then a new, truly private bedroom and bath were added. Of the original structure, only the garage, seen with its octagonal window in the foreground, remained relatively intact.

This is another extreme home makeover masterminded by the artist-designer Jere Rowland.

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Some thoughts from

designer/artist Jere Rowland

"I have been remodeling homes since the 1950s. For the first 30 years it was for my own family and for friends," says Jere. "Then I passed the qualifications for AIBD -- the American Institute of Building Design -- and I spent the next 15 years as a professional residential Designer/Builder."

Space: "I think remodeling is just a basic human instinct, like our drives for food and clothing. The quest for better shelter is in our genes. When the caveman's family grew, he dug out more room at the back of the cave, or he scrounged up a bigger cave."

Design: "Please note that the caveman then took the time to do some nice drawings on the cave's walls and ceilings. Maybe that's why I have always felt that my career as an artist and my remodeling design work were complimentary. When I design a home makeover, I make sure that when we are through, there is plenty of empty wall space for the family to hang paintings and pictures and to decorate to their personal taste."

Theater: "I learned a long time ago that a family's home is not only their castle, it is also their theater. But it's not pretend. It is the theater of real life, the stage and setting in which they wish to be known, to live their lives. The designer's very first job is to listen and ask questions to learn how best to meet each family member's true needs, from the practical to the playful."

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