Recently, we added a new master bedroom and bath to the upper level of the west wing of a vintage 150-year-old Vermont home, which had just been purchased by our clients. While the 22'-9" x 30' ell’s foundation and first-floor framing were in fine condition, thanks to an extensive kitchen renovation project in 2009 (see “Replacing a Stone Foundation,” Mar/09), our clients had been instructed by their insurance agent to fix its slate roof when they had closed on the house. They also wanted to add shed dormers and move the knee walls out, thus increasing the footprint on the second floor and creating wall space for new windows for the master bedroom suite. All of the work would have to take place without disrupting the kitchen below.

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