Finding Room – Adding a Second Story


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This small family from White Rock started out with a one bedroom ranch with an attached garage. Over the last four months we’ve been working with them to transform their home into a beautiful three bedroom cape, complete with a total first floor remodel. This major renovation updated their entire space to include a second story, a new kitchen, two new bathrooms as well as a new living room and bedrooms. This project initially began in January which made the building process a little challenging since unpredictable weather could seriously ruin the entire project and the family’s home. One of our lead carpenters, George set out to avoid any possible problems or mishaps that we might run into during the construction process. George managed to add this second story addition without ever leaving the family’s home open to mother nature; the original roof never come off during the construction of the second story. Although our crew has plenty of experience with second story additions, this method was a first for Village Builders.

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Line Road; an old house learning new tricks


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Any old house is going to have problems, that’s a fact that most of us can relate to. We recognize that burden comes with the pleasure of an old home. Village Builders works on many old homes in Southern Maine, including this one on Line Road in Buxton. Here we find a typical early 1800’s farm house with a barn attached at the back. Originally constructed in 1812, this home was built with hand cut everything; posts, beams, joists, rafters, etc. Some of the original pieces are still intact today and are even being utilized in our renovation / addition project. Some key pieces are the old structural beams that now give the new kitchen ceiling its beautiful antique look (Image 1). This incorporation of original character while bringing a home into line with current style and technology is something we take pride in here at Village Builders. While we were able to easily make the old beams a nice decorative addition, the waves of the floors were not as easy.Continue reading