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McCracken Residence

The owners of this 1951 ranch home near Iowa State University had an ambitious vision for their home remodel.

Phase 1. The owners requested an addition with a master suite and a new office. Due to site constraints, the only option was to build up. Designing a second-floor addition was challenging due to existing conditions and complexity of construction. Integrity Construction was chosen as the contractor and was instrumental in the success of this project.

The upward addition allowed the low ceilings of the existing living room to be expanded into a double height space. The selected interior materials complement the recently remodeled lower and main level. The exterior design draws inspiration from Iowa State University and the Alumni Center located across the street from the residence. The use of cementitious exterior siding along with brick masonry are low maintenance and provide durability and longevity for the life of this home. The standing seam metal roof, stained cedar soffit, and flat roof entry provide a distinctly modern aesthetic to the home.

Phase 2. With the success of Phase 1, the owners requested an addition and more updates to their home. The project began with the owners purchasing the lot next door, the existing home was demolished, and the land was rezoned into a single lot.

The new zero-entry oversized garage leads to a mudroom, pantry, and exercise room that infill the location of the original single-car garage and are now conveniently located off the kitchen. These spaces feature custom built-in cabinetry, natural light, and material selections with respect to the existing home.

A new covered outdoor space extends off the kitchen. Equipped with a built-in grill, beverage bar, electric screen system, and radiant heat, the space is built for entertaining.

Beyond the addition, special care was taken with the landscape design by incorporating pavers to match the existing, adding a fire pit off the covered space, and creating a prairie garden with a variety of plantings and a rock path.


Ames, Iowa


2,000 SF Addition & Renovation

Design Team:

Eric Badding