When we first saw the 100-year-old one-bedroom home that had fallen into disrepair, we weren’t quite sure what to think. But we like a good challenge.

First, we lifted the house off its crumbling foundation and rolled it into the side yard to allow space for excavation. Wanting to establish a basement with more light and usable space, we then poured a new concrete foundation that allowed for full daylight, establishing a new frame with a new and efficient floor plan on top of that. We finished by filling the existing walls with insulation to create a bright and comfortable home.

The new house has an open kitchen, dining, and living room area along with a master bed and bath on the main floor. The lower level — the new basement — contains two bedrooms, two half-baths, and a living room. The siding is Hardie Plank with a durable painted finish. Energy-wise, the home is complete with a net-metered, 2kw solar array set on a post out back.