After purchasing this house for a bargain, the homeowner decided to renovate the home and gear it towards a rental property. The platform of the house was a 5-bedroom 3 bath two story house with a half finished lower level with a garage. The end result: a duplex that was separated into a upper unit with 4-bedrooms and 4-baths and a lower unit with 4-bedrooms and 4-baths. The upper unit is a more traditional rental with new carpet, two-tone paint and fresh fixtures. The lower unit is more of a New York loft style with stained concrete, exposed spiral ductwork, exposed conduit and a Maple wood slab as a bar top.

The renovation consisted of a great deal of collaboration with the Town of Boone, as well as all subcontractors involved. To split the house into a duplex required fire separation between the two units, dual electric meters, dual water meters, and dual HVAC systems. The project was completed with a budget of under $100/sf, which included the purchase of the house, land, and renovations involved.

  • Separate house into upper and lower unit – fire and sound separation
  • Gut entire downstairs
  • Cut concrete slab to add plumbing
  • Complete re-plumbing
  • Re-wire lower unit and retrofit upper unit
  • Framing complete downstairs
  • Waterproofing of lower unit
  •  Adding window wells and egress windows for lower bedrooms
  • Staining concrete in lower unit
  • New appliances and cabinets in lower unit
  • Removing fuel oil furnace and installing two HVAC systems (lower unit has exposed spiral ductwork)

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