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Lilac Avenue, Webster Groves

Second Floor Addition:
1,240 Square Feet
Price Range:
More than $100,000
Michael Blaes, AIA
Tri-Square Construction

    West of Blackburn Park on Lilac Avenue, the homeowners were in desperate need of more space for their family. Their house previously had a tiny family room addition tacked on the rear, but only three small bedrooms for a family of five.

    The plan was to reorganize all levels of the house to create a more functional and spacious plan, while providing a more cohesive design from the interior and exterior. The first floor would replace sleeping spaces with larger living spaces and a full second floor was added to provide five roomy bedrooms, including a master suite.

Existing Plans

Front Elevation Before

Rear Elevation Before

    The second floor replaced the master bedroom in a cramped attic space. Four bedrooms and a Master Suite increased the number of sleeping spaces from three to five. Additionally, a Laundry area was created next to the new hall bath. The Master Suite includes a large sleeping area, a walk-in closet, and a Bath with tub, shower, water closet and lavatory. The new stair allowed easy access to the second floor from the family room/kitchen and continues to an attic space above for storage.

    The exterior elements were successful in creating the appearance of a large farmhouse on this oversized lot. A high pitch roof created useable space in the attic and the use of a dormer over the stair area helped break up an otherwise long, plain elevation. Minor gables were sided with a fish scale shingle pattern. Contrasting white trim and horizontal banding at the second floor line visually broke up two stories of siding. A front porch was added to the home, bringing the tall two and a half story house back to a human scale at the entrance. Working within the original footprint of the home allowed preservation of a lush landscape.

New Plans

New Porch

Rear Elevation After
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