There are many ways to add on to an existing home. Some owners build up, converting a smaller upper level to a larger one. Some bump a room or two out, widening the home. And another option, as was done at the raised ranch at 167 Fisher St. is to seamlessly add on to the side of the home — in this case, adding nearly 1,400 square feet.
The five-bedroom, four-bath home, with about 3,100 square feet of finished living space, sits on just under a half-acre of land. The home is listed by Realtor Lyssa Phillips of Real Living Realty Group for $600,000.
The original home was built in 1968, while the addition was constructed in 1988. The homeowners pointed out numerous upgrades and additions made during their nearly 30 years in the home. They are a very handy couple, and the work they did looks excellent.
The main entry has brick steps topped with granite, and a brick walkway leads from the wide driveway. A second, narrower driveway runs from the street to the front of the addition. The entry door has a sidelight, and the entryway floor is tiled. A half set of stairs leads to the upper level, and another half set leads to the lower level.
In the original part of the house, the living room has a triple-paned bay window, a ceiling fan, and a wide two-column entry to the adjoining kitchen. A woodstove sits on a raised brick hearth and has a brick surround and wooden mantel. The floors here, as in most of this level, are hardwood.
The eat-in kitchen has granite counters over light wooden cabinetry. The appliances include a five-burner gas range and stainless refrigerator and dishwasher. Sliders lead to the deck.
The master bedroom has a private bath with a nicely tiled shower stall and tile flooring. A walk-in closet handles the storage. The door to the bath is a barn door on slider hardware; it looks nice and is quiet and efficient. Two additional nearby bedrooms each have good-sized closets. The community bath has a tub/shower and a white vessel sink.
Downstairs, there’s a tile-floored family room with a gas fireplace. A half-bath off the family room pulls double duty as the home’s laundry center. A utility room with folding doors contains the home’s mechanicals, and two additional closets tackle storage needs. A door here leads to the two-car garage.
Now for the addition. Upstairs, French doors from the kitchen lead to a second family room, which currently houses a pool table. It would be easy to use the existing plumbing connections to add a wet bar and make this the home’s entertainment hub. Off this room is a three-season sunroom, with nine windows and a door to the deck.
This level also has two more bedrooms, each carpeted and closeted, and a full bath with a tub/shower. There is potential to turn the entire addition into an au pair suite or other interesting living option.
On the lower level, there are three unfinished rooms that could easily be finished. A partially completed half-bath is already plumbed. The foundation here is separate from the main home’s foundation, but one can see how this level could be joined, creating one large finished level.
The fenced-in rear yard is set up for entertainment and relaxation. The deck has a pergola with several awnings to let in, or block, sun as wished. A second full pergola, this one with a full awning when needed, is on the lawn. An in-ground pool is surrounded by concrete and stone sitting areas and patios. A Reeds Ferry utility shed houses recreation and maintenance equipment. A woodshed with a hoist system makes retrieving firewood simple. The firewood is staying with the home.
The house has four zones of baseboard heating via gas, and two zones of central air cooling. The property is hooked into town water, while a new septic system is designed to handle a five-bedroom home. Mass Save has added insulation and sealing to the home. The property is in the Fisher and Johnson school districts.
For more information on this ingenious raised ranch, contact Realtor Lyssa Phillips at 781-414-6250 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.