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Remodeling your Mercer Isl. Home (After) Purchase-

Perhaps the thing to do is- "Remodel your Mercer Island Home Purchase"- rather than look for one that's been already remodeled.

Alterations and Additions have long been an important part of my practice. While I've done many new home projects starting from the ground up, taking an existing home and improving it is very satisfying.  Our own home as originally designed by UW Architecture classmate Hawley Dudley on the South end of Mercer Island is a case in point. This was a "tear-down" which we saved from the demolition crew. We've completely rebuilt it as well as restored the half acre garden. The "before" and "after photos below show what we've been able to accomplish over the years.

A very rewarding process. J-

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
. As time goes on any Remodeling may need a "Re-Remodel". By then the owners' lifestyle may have evolved to something entirely different- something once renewed- needs reworking again- perhaps by a different architect- but usually best by an architect who thinks the same way. However it's best to stick with the original architect for the sake of continuity- assuming everyone got along well. I'm happy to report very few serious disagreements- the most of which we resolved- amicably. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA November 06, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Our own '55 home is an extensive remodel. I've done a lot of these and this is why I think a redo is often the way to go. J-

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