How does any homeowner recover from a devastating, extensive house fire and the extinguishing water damage associated with it? Moving to a temporary residence, dealing with lengthy insurance processes, and figuring out who to hire to bring their older home back to life were not easy undertakings, so we have to commend our clients who dug deep and rolled up their sleeves to put plans into motion. They started by hiring Doug Bothner, Principal, and Michael Westrate, Project Architect, of Ziger/Snead LLP, a Baltimore-based architecture firm known for tackling challenging and large-scale projects. The Smithouse team came on board to handle construction and renovations.
Addition and Subtraction
When the team found that the existing addition sustained significant structural damage and was not code compliant, the best solution was to tear it down and rebuild from the foundation up. Smithouse Project Manager Kevin Atkinson said, “We had to perform investigative analysis of structural issues, old wiring, worn pipes, and previous termite damage then fully correct these problems.” Being thorough over, under, and behind the walls is just as important as the work done in front of them. This gives peace of mind not only to every homeowner but to Ziger/Snead and Smithouse, where quality of work and client’s quality of life are priority one. Rebuilding the addition gave us the opportunity to expand the space to include a new master suite; our client had always talked about doing this as a future project. We were also able to level the floors. Our client was thrilled to learn they no longer had to shim the legs on one side of their furniture in the family room.
We uncovered walls with little to no insulation, which made for unbearably hot summers and freezing winters, especially in the kitchen and laundry room. Our client recalled having to keep the faucet in their laundry room trickling in the winter just so it wouldn’t freeze like an icicle. We foam insulated all the open walls as well as several unforeseen areas. After insulating and doing a complete remodel of the kitchen and laundry area, our client said it’s incredibly comfortable, even during the coldest of days.
To help rebuild a home, truly from the ashes, and transform it to a better version of its former self is 100% rewarding. To give our client a place they can call home again is…well, there is no percentage high enough for infinitely more rewarding.