Additions and Remodels by R4 Construction Have you decided that it is finally time to expand? There are many reasons to expand and there are also many considerations for how it should be done. Whether you’re looking to make a small statement or a big one, you’ll want to work with a qualified designer and contractor to create that perfect space. If your addition is onto a historic home in North Tacoma (or a historic home anywhere), you want to work with someone who knows how to navigate this process. Working with historic homes is our specialty. We love the homes in our community and know how to work with their conventional design. In the end you’ll have the addition that is just right. See our gallery below for some examples! The Big Picture The homeowner of this weathered house wanted their dream home and yard. Her snapshot idea for the big picture includes flower beds with stone pathways, vegetable gardens and a fire pit, along with a house of character and charm. This is quite a tall order for this modest craftsman. The basement access was moved to the inside. Two new decks got added. The new siding, doors, windows and traditional trim details help her overall big picture come together. Raise The Roof R4 Construction added an entire second level onto this historic North Tacoma home. Large doorways and craftsman details make the interior space inviting and intriguing. The dining room features the original oak flooring, along with a built-in buffet with the original stained glass intact. For images of the kitchen remodel for this project, see “Bungalow Kitchen” under the “Kitchens” tab. Dormer Addition R4 Construction added a second-story dormer addition to this home, giving our clients an additional bedroom! Exterior View This project was all about low-maintenance. The property is on a hefty slope and backed against an alley that rose seven feet above grade for the back door. The dream was to have a flat space with minimum maintenance. First up was a massive excavation in the backyard to make a level grade along with a series of retaining walls allowed sizeable simulated grass areas that flow easily onto the Azek decking. The house was stripped of all siding, trim, and soffits and replaced with clear cedar trim and Hardi lap siding. A more direct stairway was introduced and traditional colors were selected to complete this amazing transformation. Increase The View To open up the view to the Puget Sound, an engineered beam was needed to replace the dividing wall. The kitchen was updated with new cabinets, quartz countertops, and sinks and faucets. The sunken living room was brought up to the same height as the main floor creating a seamless open floor plan and the perfect home for entertaining. Historical Restoration This historic home has been passed down for three generations and the maintenance of the home was disregarded for just as long. One unique discovery was that the property had a covered porch that had been removed decades ago. Our crew paid careful attention to detail on the deck and roof framing to ensure a perfect historical match. Northend Four Square Porch A complete rebuild of the porch was necessary at this north end home. The columns were so bad they had to be dismantled. We found columns that aesthetically worked better with the house. New pieces where milled so the refurbished columns would fit the porch. We finished with custom paint colors from top to bottom. Northend Restoration With special attention to the character of this home, over 500 lbs of wallpaper were removed down to the lath and plaster. The condition of the plaster was incredible. Some minor patching was made so that the original plaster could remain. Most of the old trim was intact, although covered in 6 layers of paint. We stripped the paint to reveal the natural beauty of old growth fir. Carpet and several layers of paint were removed to allow refinishing of the 110 year old floor. Patching the original wood floor in several areas and refinishing it created a rustic floor that the homeowners loved. Restoring hidden pocket doors in the living room delighted the owners and highlighted the charm of the house and topped off this restoration project. Craftsmanship and attention to detail will ensure another hundred years of beauty for this home.