Converting a Beach House to Year Round House

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Description:
We have a 2420 sq ft home originally built in 2003 as a vacation home (small bedrooms, little storage, no office) that we want to move to full-time. It was a modular home and it sits on pilings. It's hurricane rated (and unfortunately hurricane tested!) We hope to reconfigure/reduce our master bath/closet area to utilize dead space, and increase closet space. We need more storage in general. We will likely convert one of the bedrooms downstairs to an office unless there is another solution. The twp says we have about 100 sq ft that we could add - maybe enclose bottom deck with access off family room? the North side of our house are all oversized sliders. Our windows are floor to ceiling. We have great light here. We would like to add dormers to the roof to add architectural interest and to add light to the attic space. We will have to add floors and pull-down stairs to make the attic accessible/functional. We would like ideas on enclosing our outdoor stairs and integrating with exterior (cedar shakes) The kitchen is original builders grade and needs updating. We would consider removing the wall between kitchen and living room. We would love a roof top deck. The ceiling is flat over the master bedroom but pitched slightly in kitchen and living room. Optimize / expand laundry closet. We also would like to add an elevator - and assume it would be external as many people get variances for them here. The most likely place for the elevator would be on the left side of the house by the front door. Lastly the ground floor is garage/storage. The space under the stairs is hampered by a piling and a header that we would like to move to optimize space there. We understand this might require engineering.
Wants:
We have all the plans that include mechanicals etc that we can provide once we move forward. We are looking for creativity, maximizing space/storage and cost of changes. eg: if we had unlimited $$ we would start over but we don't.
Software:
  1. Something a layperson can view. I am not a professional

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1st Winner
#8 Floor Plan Redlines by Adam
Ready to go into CAD
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Mar 15, 2017 20:47
#1 NJ Beach House by Adam
Your house is in 3d as it currently is. The master bath is horrible.
I wouldn't leave the kitchen upstairs, but that's a personal preference.
It's not good for resale though.
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Feb 13, 2017 18:41
#2 Draft by Mariell
I have a quick first idea for you.
I added the extra 100sq feet to make a more comfortable space, however I don't think there is a need for a stair from the family room to the 2nd floor as the other staircase is close and it doesn't add to the functionality of the layout. If you have any suggestions please do.
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Feb 23, 2017 5:21
#3 Beach house conversion by chris_the_creator
Hello,
I have submitted a rudimentary design to show you how I would choose to make this house more functional. You will find that I have moved the master suite to the first floor and moved all living space upstairs. My decision for this came from a few distinctions, Beach house, tells me the best views comes from higher elevations thus while simply lounging in the living room, entertaining company in the family room, working long hours in the new office space, and cooking fabulous meals you will be able to take in all of the beauty. All of the sleeping space downstairs. You will also notice on the first floor that the closet space by the front door has become a laundry closet. rotate the washer/dryer to face the stairs, add some bi-folding doors with counter-top and clothes racks to assist in a centralized laundry room on the same level as all the bedrooms ( no more carrying laundry hampers upstairs. Build a privacy wall on the first level of the deck for a private outdoor area. for aesthetics I added a green glass sliding door on the new master bath. I also added French glass doors with grids on the office to allow the natural lighting not to be hindered. built-ins in the office will allow for a true office feel. I did not see the need more any major changes.
Any comments or concerns are greatly appreciated. The challenge here is matching your vision with mine. I believe that, as a designer working with a client, design is a collaborative effort. Thank you for this opportunity.
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Feb 27, 2017 20:04
#4 Converted a Beach House to Year Round House by ecooco
Hello
My design concept is based on your request notes. So I didn’t try totally new concept and providing brand new design project from scratch. Even my concept show’s three options regarding how much you want spend. Since you didn’t give any site information I didn’t come with exterior site idea. Also you provide just pillars at basement and no any notes about garage area and entry, or any other use of space. That will come afterward. At Main Floor Laundry is so small and non-functional and you need office space. New functional Laundry with washer, dryer, sinks, storage cabinets, and bins cabinets provided beside main bathroom by using one part of bedroom. The office layout uses other part of bedroom by extending to the certain part of terrace. Family room increased a little bit. Existing space of Laundry converted to Sport Equipment Storage. At Second Floor Master Bathroom and Walk-in Closet reconfigured (rearranged) to get more storage space in Walk-in area. Wall between Living Area and Kitchen demolished and proposed new kitchen layout. The area in front of Elevator is also rearranged by reconfiguring pony wall on side of stairs and adding more general storage space. The furniture presented in Living area used as sample. To get functional Attic space at roof deck you need to extend walls for about 42 cm. In other case you will have low height Attic area. Roof above Attic space is converted by adding dormers. Rest of roof deck is used as large terrace wide view at surrounding house area. The pull-down stairs is provided to access Attic space. There is one design option about accessing this Attic area from elevator. This option has just one dormer. Depending on the need for the elevator I offer three options: without elevator, elevator to the second floor, and elevator to the Attic.
If you want present your vision successfully you need to use more than one design tools. In this case I use SketchUp 2017, Revit 2016, AutoCAD Architecture 2017, 3DS max 2014 and Adobe Photoshop.
That is all for now. Please let me know if you have any new idea, any comments or question.
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Mar 5, 2017 21:07
#5 Beach House by CADoodle
I have submitted a layout plan view of the ground floor, first floor, second floor, roof deck and the Attic area, elevations and a section, the measurements on the drawing are all in millimetres. I have enclosed the first floor deck by adding an Office on one side deck with a sliding door to the enclosed balcony which I have enclosed with glazing. The Family room will also have a sliding door leading to the Enclosed balcony. I have put 4 dormers in the Attic area and access to the Attic area will be in the Living area with pull down stairs and the floor in the Attic area will need an Engineer to design because the span between the Living room area and the kitchen is long so beams will be required to hold it. The entrance to the house on the bedroom side has accommodated stairs that has been enclosed and the Elevator has been added close to it also with the elevator accessing the house from the garage to the second floor. The kitchen has been modernised by rearranging the stove to the middle of the kitchen with cabinets. I have added the roof top deck with the access coming from the Attic area and its on top of the Main bedroom, Ensuite and Laundry. The Laundry has been made bigger by making ensuite smaller and the space which was occupied by the shower will be taken laundry thereby moving the shower next to the walk in closet. The ground floor has been done to accommodate the garage and also for storage purposes.
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Mar 15, 2017 11:34
#6 Floor Plans and Rendered images by Wanyoike
Hi,
Submitted are the floor plans and rendered images showing the garage at ground floor level, the family living space at 1st floor and guest living and master bedroom at 2nd floor level and lastly an attic roof with a terrace accessible from 2nd floor by a pull ladder.
I've incorporated most of all you asked in your brief.
The Ground floor plan shows the main access floor with a 2car garage and the staircase and the lift car are both enclosed and accessible via a central door to the outside.
The 1st Floor plan shows 3no bedroom units sharing the ensuite with the laundry area now enlarged with space for the washer and dryer and also overhead storage before you enter the bathroom. A terrace is accessible from the family room and also the stairway lobby. A study has been incorporated next to the family room and sharing the terrace.
The 2nd floor plan shows an open lounge-kitchen and dining area with also the master bedroom located here, An alteration on the size of the en suite has created a more usable and spacious walk in closet with also another usable storage area prior to getting into the closet. The terrace at 2nd floor level is reduced as compared to the one at 1st floor level
The 3rd level attic space and roof terrace provide a beautiful finish to the whole unit as a whole.
Thanks for your time and opportunity
Daniel
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Mar 15, 2017 20:27
#7 3D Rendered Images Beach House by Wanyoike
Apologies, Failed to attach images for the entry#6.
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Mar 15, 2017 20:45

Discussion

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:47:55 +0000
HI - our house was built to code and the windows are actually about 6-inches off the ground and 6 inches from the ceiling. The glass is not regular glass (it's safety or tempered I can't remember which now) . Reverse living - having the living room and kitchen on the top floor to maximize water views is very popular/ common where we live. As i age, I often think about moving the kitchen to the first floor (it's up a flight of stairs since our house is on 9 ft stilts).

Adam

Designer

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:36:09 +0000
You will probably have to replace the upstairs windows that are floor to ceiling. The International Building Code (since 2012) requires that floor to window sill must be 36" on windows that are 72" or higher above grade. Your county may grandfather clause it and let it go, I don't know.

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