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House Expansion Makes Room for More Family

It can be a challenge for families to combine multiple generations in one home, creating not only a closer-knit household but a more collaborative environment. So what happens when a family can’t find a house that’s a perfect fit for their situation? That’s where Vicki Payne (and Fypon) came in for Lee and Liz Lowry in Charlotte, N.C.

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A nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert, Payne hosts the weekly television show For Your Home. Payne chose the Lowry family as her For Your Home Project Home for 2015. They needed her help solving a simple challenge: create a home perfect for their extended family. The owners had two small children and were expecting a third; Liz’s mother was coming to live with them to help. Their 1,200-square-foot Arts & Crafts bungalow, originally built in the 1920s, needed extensive updating outside and inside. On the exterior, there had been more than $15,000 worth of termite damage.

“Fypon was the perfect choice for the upgrades on the exterior of the home,” said Payne. “With the durable and rot-, mildew- and, especially, insect-resistant millwork, we were able to replace the railing, trim, brackets over the front door, columns and porches with peace of mind.”

On the interior, Payne tackled the multigenerational challenge. She tore out the original dining room area, then added a 900-square-foot addition. The dining room was repositioned between the kitchen and living space, so she added Fypon chair rail, flat stock, baseboard and crown moulding to create a division between and distinction from the surrounding rooms.

“The ease of install and character added by the chair rail and crown moulding helped create the style the owners desired,” Payne said.

Elsewhere, Payne increased the size of the kitchen with the addition and added an island to the middle of the room, and moved the laundry to a new, separate area. She also added bedrooms so that Liz’s mother and guests had their own space and the older kids had more room, and they also updated the master bedroom to include walk-in closets.

See the first of five videos on the renovation.

See photos of the renovation.