If you are happy with your current Home but feel that you need more living space, Irene Designs is here to help you design and build an Addition. In many cases, Addition could also be the best solution for you to solve some layout problems.

Every Addition needs to be carefully planned in order to serve its purpose, to merge seamlessly with the house, and to comply with numerous regulations. Your Addition should not interfere with underground fuel or septic tanks, utility poles or power lines. There are certain legal restrictions and building codes such as setback restrictions, height restrictions, building area ratios, design covenants, and historic-district preservation ordinances. When planning an Addition, it is important to consider the location of trees and buildings you want to preserve; views you want to capture or screen out; and exposure to sun or shade. You definitely need a professional to help you plan your Addition.

What sets Irene Designs apart from Architects, is a lower design fee and a personal approach. We charge significantly less for our plans and drawings while giving you greater personal attention, more options of plans to choose from and, what is most important, provide you with multiple realistic 3D illustrations showing every area to be remodeled from different perspectives. We will work with you on the design until you are fully satisfied with the concept. We will then work on further details and electrical plans. No detail will be skipped, including the exact position of light fixtures and outlets according to future furniture layouts. No more dangling extension cords and dark areas where the light is most needed. No more out of place chandelier.

We do not stamp our drawings with architectural stamp. In most cases, architectural stamp is not required for the Town permits. And, having our plans, you can always run them by Architects to get an architectural stamp. In this case, you will be paying for a one time consultation instead of the entire planning process. In this case, you will drastically reduce your preconstruction planning expense.


Our Approach

  • working within your budget
  • getting started with a review of your “wish list”
  • developing several options of plans to achieve your goals
  • 3D illustrations for better visualization
  • creating your final plan and making sure you like it
  • permit and inspection coordination
  • dealing with unforeseen issues to find the best solution possible to ensure your selected design is preserved
  • free design assistance during the construction if we perform the work

Below is the illustration of our approach for an Addition project . The Home Owners loved their Home having lived in it for more than 20 years. The neighborhood was great and the house itself was nice and well built. But the first floor of the house failed to meet the homeower’s standards as it was too small.


The house was built at a time when rooms were smaller. The kitchen was too small and too dark. The deck was so small there was only room for two chairs.


1. Built an addition onto the back of the house that enlarged the kitchen from 15×8′ to 15×13′.

2. Added a sunroom as a breakfast area with door to deck. The size of the deck was almost tripled.

3. Installed new cabinets and added a center island. Installed larger windows for more light. New color was chosen for the cabinets, walls, and floor.

4. Dark linoleum floor replaced with light-beige color ceramic tiles (diagonal layout). Cherry cabinets replaced with bleached-oak. Granite countertops were installed. Walls painted off-white to bring more light.

5. The wall between the hallway and sitting room was moved 1.5′ to make the hallway bigger and to provide an open view of the kitchen.

6. Old fashioned front door was replaced with a larger sized door with glass to make front of house more attractive.

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Remodeling and Home Design
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