Expand the house significantly in order to provide more bedrooms for the needs of this large family. The main entrance must be relocated and more functional. Eliminate the log cabin look outside but not inside and aim for a "victorian" look overall.
Add a two-car garage and suggest a new exterior appearance (from a picture of new houses in the Drummond Designs collection) that would eliminate the lenghty effect of the facade. Raise the roof and replace the exterior sheathing, if need be.
Since the family is growing, living space becomes a serious issue. Four bedrooms, a master suite included and a comfortable bathroom are required. A second story is the answer. Take the opportunity to remodel the exterior of the house.
Expand the second floor to obtain a more interesting volume and also a fifth bedroom. Add a sun room on the rear side in harmony with the existing one. Cover the exterior walls with a new sheathing which preserves the country style. Replace the existing doors and windows.
While teenagers need more room, parents ,on the other hand, need more intimacy . So we are asked to add a new volume to the house for a new master suite with private bathroom.We are also asked to renovate the exterior to make it look different.
Expand the house to provide a two-car garage and a family room with a wood stove in the right rear corner and an access to the natural landscape. Make the rooms above the garage larger and finally change the whole look of the house.
Improve the architecture of the house by adding a carport, a porch, a small den and a room on the second floor. The materials selected should require very little maintenance. Relocate the main entrance if necessary.
Add a 4-season sun room to the rear of the house to enjoy the sun year-round plus a view on the garden. Create a terrace on second floor enjoy the sun from the master bedroom. Make sure the enlargement fits the house's spirit with the least exterior maintenance as possible.
Give the house a grand style more fitting of its location along the St. Lawrence River. At the same time, make a little room for expansion in order to accommodate a desk, an exercise machine and a guest room and improve the windows on the back to better enjoy the river view.
Remodel in part the ground floor to gain an entrance with a large dressing room, a dedicated laundry room, a large master suite with an oversized closet and a solarium with a built-in spa. Also, increase the square footage to gain four bedrooms, a second den and a bathroom.