We recently purchased a multi-family home that was built in 1971. The homes are attached, but there is no interior connection between the two. Two of us live in the main home and the parents live part time in the in-law home. Both homes were built in different styles: The main home is a two level home with a Mansur roof and a definite 1970's look. The attached in-law home is ranch style. Both homes have the same brick on the lower level (main home) and vertical wood siding. The home was built by a contractor who lived in the home for nearly 40 years, so the bones of the home are structurally sound. Both homes sit next to a pond and we hope to keep the views of the pond for both homes. At this early stage of the game, we do not need any interior decorating ideas, but will most likely come back during and after the construction for your help.
* "Marry" the look of both homes into one style.
The main home has a Mansur roof and the in-law home has a small pitched roof.
We do not like the look of the Mansur roof and preferred pitched roof designs.
In order to keep costs in line, we can keep the existing brick exterior for the lower
levels of both homes and will consider painting the brick if this better fits your plans.
The upper exterior does not need to be brick, but we would like to use a
maintenance free material.
We are open to all other styles that you might create, but tend to look toward a style
that will not look dated in a few years. That said, none of us are satisfied with
looking like the house next door, so let your creative juices flow - we welcome your
We would like to change the placement and look of the front entrance of the main
main home and need your creativity to help us with this. The current front entrance
sits much higher than the driveway. The door can stay where it is, but we would like
steps to face the street.
* Create one common room (sunroom/entertainment room) with the interior entrances
from both homes into that sapce.
The sunroom/entertaining area will need to be on the level of the in-law home. We
will need interior entrances into this room from both homes since this will be the only
connection between the two.
A large exterior entrance from the sunroom to the future patio is also desired. We
have played with the idea of a large glass garage door, or extra wide folding glass
doors. The goal is to bring the outside in.
* Expand the main home for a new kitchen area
In the attached drawings, we sketched the new kitchen area next to the proposed
sunroom. Perhaps this could sit under one roof line.
We would like the kitchen area to also have a keeping area for gatherings.
Preliminary sketches put this area at 16' X 24', but can change.
In the sketches, we did not go the entire width of the existing main home since the
Southwest corner sits on wetlands; however, since this area will be elevated, using
entire width might be possible.
Focus on windows facing the pond will be a plus.
* Put a two level addition onto the front of the main home.
This addition can bump out up to 32'. Depending on the placement of the front
entrance, it appears that 20' will need to be the width.
This addition will be two levels. We would like the upper level to serve as a master
suite including a small office, bedroom, large bathroom and large walk-in closet.
A covered deck off of the master suite is desired. This deck can serve as the ceiling
for the lower level patio. We would also like an entrance to this deck from the
existing living room.
For the lower level, we would ultimately like this to be a separate apartment with two
bedrooms, kitchen and two baths (one is already included). There is already a
separate entrance to the lower level. The existing family room could be the new
living room and the utility room could be converted to a kitchen since plumbing and
gas are already available.
*The challenge is that the main home is two levels and the in-law home sits on a level
between the upper and lower level of the main home.
*We have blue prints of the existing homes, but do not know how to copy/send them,
so any suggestion will be helpful.
*The attached sketches are only our preliminary ideas - plese feel free to change as you
wish. These sketches were done on a simple Excel spreadsheet. On each sheet, one
square equals one square foot.
*The pictures show a sunroom attached to the main home. We plan to tear this
down to accomodate the new ktichen addition.
We have included several pictures that will hopefully help with the description. This is not a "normal" home and we hope to keep it's unique qualities. You are welcome to view the property through Google Maps or Zillow as well.
In our histories of home ownership, none of us has been blamed for skimping on any of our projects. On the contrary, descriptions such as "Grand", "unique" and "Over the top" have been used, so please be as creative as you wish and have fun with this project.
We thank you for your help and consideration.
7260 W. 100 N.
Greenfield, Indiana 46140