In case you haven’t seen the gorgeous photos Lifespace Pittsburgh has been blasting, I’m excited to share that my second project designed in collaboration with K Bennett Development Group is complete! 422 N St Clair is another full gut renovation in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. And, it's for sale!
I was fortunate to be involved in the project from the very beginning stages, joining the initial walk-through with their project managers and contractors immediately following interior demo. The initial walk-through is one of my favorite parts of the process because of its collaborative nature. During the first meeting my priorities are to observe, listen, and then loosely begin to talk about potential layouts with the team and bounce 'what-ifs' off of the contractor. Then I typically stay after the meeting to complete the field measure and continue to visualize layout possibilities.
In this house, the first floor layout didn’t need to change drastically. The existing stairs couldn’t be salvaged due to structural issues and replacing them meant increasing the width to meet code. This impacted the hallway width, so the jog in the wall in the dining room was eliminated. The opening to the kitchen at the end of the hallway was closed and a powder room was added. A built-in hutch in the dining room was removed to create more flow between the living and dining rooms, and the opening from the dining room to the kitchen was widened as well. A new window located was added to the kitchen and an existing window was infilled.
On the second floor the main hallway had to be widened to accommodate the new stairs and stack over the shifted wall below. New posts and footers were added in the basement to support the newly configured walls. A large master suite in the rear of the house was created by closing off the secondary hallway and only having access through the master bedroom and a new window was added to the master bathroom to stack over the new window added to the kitchen below. It's important to consider how interior changes will affect the exterior - in this case the owners will be viewing the rear of the house often due to the rear garage and deck and I wanted it to look intentional and balanced. At the front of the house we eliminated a bedroom (there are 2 more bedrooms on the third floor) and created in its place a laundry room, bathroom and water closet. Another bedroom was left as-is with the addition of closets on either side of the fireplace.
On the third floor we combined two very small bedrooms into a single large bedroom and demo’ed an obtrusive brick fireplace stack that was between the rooms. Closets were added under sloped portions of the ceiling to appear as if they were original.
And now, the before and after photos!
Next I'll be sharing some details on each area of the house - the fixture and finish mood boards, why certain design decisions were made, and sourcing details.