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Old Cape Cod converted to modern residence, doubling square footage and adding livability


Would you believe the two homes shown above are actually the exact same home?

Well, sort of. has the story of a young Portland, Ore. family that took advantage of the FHA 203K loan program to nearly double their home’s square footage en route to a more modern and livable residence:

With its slim profile and sleek gray exterior, Lola Oyibo and Eric Boardman’s home in Portland, Oregon bears little resemblance to the house it used to be. Unable to afford the 40% down required to build a new house, the couple instead opted for a FHA 203K renovation loan that let them put just 3% down—and hired architect Ben Waechter of local firm Atelier Waechterto give the place a massive facelift. Formerly a nondescript 1947 Cape Cod-style structure, the house “had a horrible kitchen and had no built-ins or historic elements worth keeping,” says Waechter. Plus, it was only 625 square feet, which was overly crowded for the homeowners and their two year-old daughter, Mena. Keeping the footprint, foundation, and framing intact, the architect stripped the structure down to its bones, opening up the interior and adding a second story to give the family 1250 square feet —and a sweet modern space—in which to live.

My favorite feature – the rooftop patio. That’s not something you see from most Cape Cod remodels.

Think your dream remodeling project is too ambitious? This restoration proves nearly anything is possible if you have the vision.

[Photos from Dwell]