First Floor Family Renovation in Meredith NH

Project Description

Location: Meredith, New Hampshire

Year Completed: 2022

Subcontractors: A. Lee Interior Design, Squam Lakes Plumbing and Heating, Finer Tile & Masonry, Freer and Son HVAC, Lakeshore Electric, McGann Painting and Pressure Washing, John Groesser Plastering.


This project involved a full-scale renovation of the first floor of the home. The kitchen was completely remodeled, as well as the primary bedroom and bath, and the hallway bathroom and laundry room. An additional sitting area and built-in storage was added, along with an office space. All of the existing finishes were removed, and with the help of designer Allison Lockard, everything was updated for a more modern look. To create an open-concept space, the first floor layout was reworked to optimize the flow and functionality of the home.


The Success Story

Our goal for the project was to create a beautiful, usable space for this family to enjoy. The homeowners were looking for a more open-concept layout, so the floor plan was reworked to make better use of the space. In order to do this, some structural changes were made, including taking down a load-bearing wall and reinforcing it with a three-ply LVL support beam. All new Mathews Brothers white vinyl windows were installed and the dining room slider door was also replaced. Two mini-splits were installed by Freer and Son HVAC to more efficiently heat and cool the home. This, and the new windows and slider, will also improve energy efficiency. 


Modern Farmhouse Kitchen: 

We often think of the kitchen as one of the main focal points in the home; not only does it need to be functional, but it also serves just as much as an entertainment space. This kitchen has a light and bright feel and a modern farmhouse-style design. On the ceilings, we installed white shiplap and refinished the existing wood beams to accentuate the high, vaulted ceilings. All new cabinetry and granite countertops were added, the appliances were upgraded, and the light fixtures were updated for a refreshed look. 


Primary Bathroom:

In the primary bathroom, we installed a tiled shower with a glass door, which features a built-in niche, a shave shelf, and a corner shelf. The existing vanity was replaced, and a new built-in shelving unit provides additional storage space. Not only do these changes give the en-suite bathroom a more updated look, but they have also made the bathroom more practical for everyday use. 


Hallway Bathroom, Office & Built-Ins:

In the hallway half-bathroom, we updated the fixtures by changing out the vanity, installing a new toilet, and continuing the same luxury vinyl plank flooring into the bathroom that was used throughout the first floor. We also created a new laundry room area, as well as an additional sitting area, office, and built-in storage space in the room off of the kitchen. This has given the family a multi-functional space that serves as an entryway, sitting room, and an office area as needed.


Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
Lighthouse Contracting Group was amazing to work with from start to finish. When we first met with Jeremy, we were unsure of exactly what we wanted done to our house but explained what our hope was. We needed another bedroom but also wanted to gut and redo our kitchen and make the first floor flow. He listened to us and suggested a complete first floor remodel because it would meet all of our requests and goals. The design team he paired with helped bring our dream to life. Not only did we remodel our kitchen and make it open concept with our living room, but they redid our first floor bathroom and created a first floor master suite that is absolutely beautiful. The project was within our budget and all of the materials and finishes are exactly what we hoped for!

Cody, the lead carpenter, and the rest of the team, as well as the subcontractors, were nothing short of phenomenal. Whenever an issue arose, because let's face it - they always do in construction, they handled it swiftly and with transparency. They accepted nothing short of the best and gave us the absolute best in return. They were timely, professional, and detailed in their work. The craftsmanship was top-notch.

While construction is normally stressful, the Lighthouse team made it stress-free. They communicated with us daily via their app and weekly at our meetings. We are in awe of the transformation of our home! We look forward to contracting with them again for our next home project!


Sarah and Jim
Sarah and Jim