Twice as Nice

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A home in Bethesda, Md. gets a top-to-bottom makeover and a second floor addition. See the transformation.

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This whole-house renovation by Glickman Design Build gave a young family an additional 2,000 square feet of living space by expanding and opening the first-floor footprint, updating the basement, and adding a second story. The main level of the reinvented home now includes an open floor plan with kitchen, living room, dining room, mudroom, screened-in porch, and guest suite, while the second-floor addition boasts a master suite, office, two bedrooms, a jack-and-jill bathroom, and a laundry room. The existing basement was refinished and now features a gym, den, game room, bathroom, and utility/storage area.

Of course, a major project like this doesn’t come without a few hiccups. Because it took a year to finish, the team worked throughout the summer, a time when thunder storms are prevalent and occur nearly daily. The roof needed to be removed and a tarp was draped in its place while the second story was being added. Despite efforts to quickly complete the task and replace the roof, a storm passed over that inevitably caused water damage to the original oak flooring. Ultimately it was replaced with a red and white oak mix that later was stained.

But as project manager Justin Wigfield describes in the following clip, that wasn't the only obstacle. Listen as he explains what happened when the clients had a change of heart regarding the original first floor bathroom and how he handled the design challenge.