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In late summer, Kyle and Lori Larson and their three young children came up out of the basement and into the light.

After a nearly year-long construction project, the second-floor addition and a host of renovations on the main floor were finished.

“It feels surreal, like we haven’t really moved in yet,” confesses Lori, smiling. Kyle, a builder who owns LGC Companies and designed and managed the construction, nods in agreement. “I’m not surprised by the size, but that there’s nothing I’d do different as far as a floor plan. No room is too small, or too big, and already, we’re utilizing all the space,” he explains.

The original 2,300-square-foot contemporary home was built in 2008. As their family grew, the Larsons felt the home no longer fitted their needs. But instead of building new, or buying a new home, they chose to build up and add a second floor.

Children’s rooms and the master suite are now on opposite wings of the loft-like second floor, connected by a catwalk with glass railings. There are separate laundry facilities for the kids’ rooms, and their two boys share a Jack-and-Jack bathroom off their rooms, while their daughter has her own bath with custom-colored hibiscus vanity to match the paint color she chose for her bedroom.

In the master suite, black and white are used to dramatic effect in the bedroom, while the bath is a cloud city of sybaritic serenity with a focal-point tub and shades of white with a mix of matte and gloss finishes and pops of color. Porcelain tile is laid in sizes ranging from 6 by 24,12 by 24 and 4 by 16. The large walk-in shower has high-end appeal, but was done on a budget using standard Delta fixtures and body sprays.

“The second-floor family room is one of the most rewarding new spaces in the house. It’s a great place to hang out comfortably with the kids, watch movies, play games and spend time together,” says Kyle.

The addition of a staircase leading to the second floor meant reconfiguring space on the main living level. European white pine oak floors flow throughout the space, and Larson has reclaimed his home office (previously turned into a kid’s bedroom) and the sunroom, pressed into service as the nursery, is now a pleasant, sunlit sitting room.

New kitchen countertops are solid-surface quartz from Silestone, while the bathroom counters are Corian with integral sinks. In the living room, the big-screen TV was replaced by a modern fireplace and art wall.

The Larsons’ love for contemporary style means they’ve kept these spaces neutral – a blank canvas for displaying art. “The emphasis is on the space, rather than on things in the space. People become the focus. It’s kinda a nice break.” Kyle notes.

The home’s exterior is still contemporary, but has a revised entrance and warmer feel. It’s clad in decorative veneer Texas limestone and James Hardie Artisan Premier Lap Siding. The siding creates deep shadow lines and corners that can be mitered. The strong horizontal impact appealed to the Larsons.

Future plans are to redo the basement, “but we’re taking a break from. The pressure is off now that the addition is done,” Kyle adds.

Text | Melody Parker

Photography | Matthew Putney & Brandon Pollock 

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