Budget Breakdown: A Raleigh Colonial Is Reinvented For $260K
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Budget Breakdown: A Raleigh Colonial Is Reinvented For $260K

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By Melissa Dalton
A suburban colonial home in Raleigh, North Carolina, is filled with light and garden views after a renovation and addition by the architect homeowner.

In order to convert his 1981 colonial into a sun-drenched home, architect Don Kranbuehl started by removing the garage. "The goal was to transform a closed-in, inward-looking colonial box and transform it into an open, transparent volume connected with nature," said Kranbuehl, a principal at the firm Clark Nexsen.

$4,000
Demolition & Disposal
$12,000
Brick Foundation & Retaining Wall
$29,700
Framing for Addition
$23,000
Windows
$12,440
Steel Stair & Bridge
$3,600
Plumbing
$14,000
HVAC
$6,200
Electrical
$2,800
Lighting Fixtures
$2,220
Plumbing Fixtures
$5,700
Sheetrock Work
$13,700
Painting & Trim
$5,950
Wood Floors
$14,015
Metal Roof
$17,175
Exterior Siding & Insulation
$13,790
Kitchen Cabinets & Appliances
$1,250
Bathroom Cabinets
$5,200
Kitchen & Bath Quartz Counters
$2,000
Doors
$5,000
Front Canopy
$7,000
Front & Back Deck
$2,380
Driveway & Concrete Steps
$9,800
Excavation & Site Work
$4,600
Labor & Cleaning
$4,200
Tile Floors
$38,000
GC Fee, Overhead & Profit

Grand Total: $259,720

The subtraction of the little-used attached garage made way for a two-story, 1,200-square-foot addition. Kranbuehl then proceeded to conduct a complete renovation of the 2,100-square-foot interior.

A fiber cement "wrapper" clads the addition and the renovated home, which now totals 3,300 square feet. A translucent plexiglass canopy defines the new glassed entry. The front right corner, finished with contrasting local Atlantic white cedar, denotes a work room that serves the storage purposes of the previous garage.

A fiber cement "wrapper" clads the addition and the renovated home, which now totals 3,300 square feet. A translucent plexiglass canopy defines the new glassed entry. The front right corner, finished with contrasting local Atlantic white cedar, denotes a work room that serves the storage purposes of the previous garage.

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The first floor of the addition is now home to a cedar-wrapped work room. Newly opened-up living spaces are lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the garden. Kranbuehl installed a master suite on the second floor of the addition, and then connected it to the other second-floor bedrooms and a staircase via a steel bridge.

The view from the entry now encompasses open and airy living spaces that connect to the garden via floor-to-ceiling glass.

The view from the entry now encompasses open and airy living spaces that connect to the garden via floor-to-ceiling glass.

A new steel staircase with wood tread and a cable railing does not block views outside. The double-height window systems used at the front and back of the home are glass storefront units from YKK.

A new steel staircase with wood tread and a cable railing does not block views outside. The double-height window systems used at the front and back of the home are glass storefront units from YKK.

The double-height glass is layered over with a brise-soleil at the upper floor which screens sun, adds visual interest to the facade, and creates lovely interior shadows.

The double-height glass is layered over with a brise-soleil at the upper floor which screens sun, adds visual interest to the facade, and creates lovely interior shadows.

The renovated kitchen features quartz counters and natural maple cabinets, and it flows easily with the rest of the renovated open plan.

The renovated kitchen features quartz counters and natural maple cabinets, and it flows easily with the rest of the renovated open plan.

Views of the newly landscaped garden can be appreciated from two walls of glass in the living room.

Views of the newly landscaped garden can be appreciated from two walls of glass in the living room.

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A steel bridge connects the upper level master suite (to the left) with the existing bedrooms to the right.

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Kranbuehl landscaped the previously forested backyard with a "grass terrace" and masonry walls, so that the exterior felt of a piece with the interiors. Trees and hedges still stand on the perimeter to create natural screening from the neighbors.

Kranbuehl landscaped the previously forested backyard with a "grass terrace" and masonry walls, so that the exterior felt of a piece with the interiors. Trees and hedges still stand on the perimeter to create natural screening from the neighbors.

The exposed Douglas fir timber framework supports the addition.

The exposed Douglas fir timber framework supports the addition.

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Don Kranbuehl 

Builder: Aiello Builders

Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering

Cabinetry Design and Installation: Lowes

Glass: Brinn Glass, Mary Brinn

Metal: Black Metal Design-Build, Bryan C. Bolduc