River Villa Whole House Remodel

 The original home was poorly constructed, leaking in many places, resulting in an extreme case of mold. Our client bought the home, fully aware of the mold issues, because he was enamored by its incredible location along a beautiful river. Zoning laws would not allow our client to demolish the home and build it back in the same proximity to the river, so he contacted our firm to remodel the residence. We took great care to respect the environmental issues related to construction on the river. 

Our first task was to supervise the mold remediation and ascertain the causes of the mold. We then created a renovation design using the same footprint, foundation, etc. We were mindful during renovation to prevent further water issues from developing.

The result is an incredibly beautiful renovation that exceeded our client’s expectations!

Living Room and Entry

The main entry stair was moved from the center to the side to allow for a more dramatic effect. We, also, extended the entry which gives a more gracious approach to the stairs. The upstairs wall at the top of the steps was removed to create an overlook to the Living Room beyond.  Please note the beautiful custom curved iron handrails and arched mahogany doors. 

We added a stained-glass dome to the ceiling of the entry with a chandelier. A light box installed above the leaded glass dome gives the illusion of a skylight. The chandelier has a lift, enabling the homeowners to raise and lower for easy cleaning.


This Kitchen was redesigned to allow for more cabinets and open spaces to the breakfast room and family room beyond. The original Kitchen had one wall of cabinets with a peninsula at the hall. We reoriented the Kitchen so that one was not viewing the hall but instead the family room.  This gave us another wall for cabinets and a custom designed refrigerator.

The door to the living room from the Kitchen was unattractive and broke up the cabinets. Instead we built an arched alcove passageway that allows for a continuous flow of cabinetry around the arch. The special detail here is the pocket door. When it is in the pocket, it reveals a beautiful archway to enter the Living room. When it is closed, the glass door gives a degree of separation and intrigue. 

The walnut cabinets paired with cherry flooring create warmth in this traditional Kitchen.

Master Bedroom

The original Maser Bedroom had a tray ceiling, and plain windows and doors. We vaulted the ceiling to make room for two-story glass for an expansive view of the river and pool. 

Two sets of French doors with arched transoms above lead to the balcony with a curved railing. An iron gate was installed on  one side making it a private balcony.

Master Bathroom 

The original Master Bathroom was standard. Our clients requested a complete redo adding exciting features such as a large shower with multiple shower heads and body sprays. 

To counter the Master Bath’s linear shape, we created a mosaic stone inlay flanked by four perfumeries. This medallion acts as a sort of compass, directing one to the important functions of the bath: vanities, closets, bathing areas, and commode. 

The windows and transoms were custom designed and are both operable.

Wine Cellar 

This home has two wine cellars: each has a special function for our owner.  The main wine cellar is stunning as it is viewed from the media room through arched mahogany doors. It holds 6,000 bottles of wine with an island for tasting. This is where our client and guests choose the wine for the evening. 

At the far end of the cellar is a beautiful archway and door with wine shelving moving up the arch. This door leads to the second wine cellar conveniently located behind the bar. In this cellar resides the large crates of wine, the beer, and the soft drinks. One can enter this cellar from the bar, also. There is yet another feature in this second cellar: a hidden door above the shelving opens into the garage a half level above. This makes it simple to slide a crate of wine into the bulk storage cellar.


 We could not add new spaces to the rear of the home because of the zoning rules; therefore, we decided to use the latticed area under the original breakfast room as a screened porch. The door and the full windows were cut into the existing concrete foundation wall. The roof lines were altered and balconies were redesigned to create a feeling of a river villa.

The local river authority gave us permission to replace the existing pool, and the new pool is a stunning addition to the terrace.  


Handcrafted Homes, Inc. won a 2007 National CotY in the category “Entire House Over $1M” for this project.