The owners of this house wanted to make sure the addition matched the original portion of the house. Prairie Style houses often feature low-pitched roof lines, gabled or hipped roofs, and deep overhanging eaves. They also use primarily wood and stone materials (preferably local), such as the cedar siding and bluestone steps of this home. Prairie Style grew out of Frank Lloyd Wright's school of architecture, which was heavily influenced by Craftsman Style.
The back yard is dug up before the concrete foundation is poured.
Foundation of Addition
The ground in the crawlspace is covered with plastic as a moisture barrier.
Insulation in Crawlspace
Termite Shield and Bottom Plate
The brown aluminum under the bottom plate is a termite shield.
Bluestone steps were put in place before the walls went up so that the siding, properly flashed, could go on top of them.
After the siding goes on, the copper flashing peeks out from below.
Installation of Floor Sheathing
Roof Goes On
The hipped roof of the new addition extends from and matches the original house and garage. On a hipped roof, all sides slope downward to the walls, usually with a fairly gentle slope.
Skylight with Flashing
Underside of Eaves with Can Lights
The new eave hangs over the garage eave. They each have their own gutter system. Can lights in the soffits illuminate the area.
OSB Sheathing and Flashing
All seams are taped to help prevent air infiltration.
House Wrap Goes On
Blow-in Cellulose Insulation
Walls and ceiling are thorougly insulated.
New Doors to Main House
View to the Rest of the House
The addition trim matches the trim in the main house.