Remodeler’s Corner – Sep/Oct ’11

0019Not one, not two, but three renovations have modernized Ron and Sheryl Peterson’s 1960’s ranch style home in Southwest Rochester.

    When they purchased the home eight years ago, an inspector advised the couple to replace the old flat roof on the porch with a new sloped roof. They agreed, and some time later they updated not only the porch, but the bathroom and front entry.


As construction began on the one-season screened-in porch, contractor Dave Reynolds found the trusses supporting the roof were rotten. He recommended demolishing the porch and starting fresh.

    The Petersons wanted the design to incorporate functional space that could be used regularly to enjoy dinner together and their peaceful surroundings. Dave created a delightful space the couple retreats to almost every evening. The porch has cedar plank flooring, vaulted ceilings and two skylights.

Entryway revival

Several years later the Petersons contacted Dave Reynolds, who now owns Reynolds Design and Construction, to redesign their uninviting entryway.

    “There wasn’t anything physically wrong with the wood paneling, wood trim and dark tile that adorned the space, except it was dark and closed off,” Ron explained. Dave’s alternative was an open plan.

    “I designed an open area by moving a closet, replacing wood paneling with drywall, and widening the cased opening into the family room,” he explained. “I also matched the oak wood floors from the living area and replaced the dark, brick-red tiles in the entry.” The couple was so pleased with the wood floors, they extended them down hallway and into the bedrooms.

    Finally, the Petersons settled on a yellow paint color, adding warmth to the once dreary entryway.

60’s restyle

The final transformation happened in the guest bathroom. The 60’s-style bathroom with double sink and miniature white tiles was completely gutted and replaced with contemporary, earth-tone tile on the floor, walls and
shower. Ron and Sheryl chose a golden paint color to
create a transition from the yellow paint in the entry and hallway. They selected a cabinet maker to create a new maple vanity with granite counter top, thus bringing the past into the present.

More to come

The Petersons now have an inviting home with a porch that overlooks beautiful wildflowers and wooded acreage. Both Ron and Sheryl are pleased with the results and have consulted with Reynolds Design and Construction to begin a kitchen remodel in August 2011.

Nicole L. Czarnomski is an freelance writer living in St. Charles, Minn. She and her handyman husband are renovating their 1958 home.