When Adam Hawley and Suzan Szollar married and bought their little house on a corner lot in The Willows in 2001, it seemed j-u-s-t right. But by the time their second child came along, they were bursting out of its two-bedroom seams.
Even with the children sharing a room, there was no room for out-of-town guests or a home office.
"We knew we wanted to remodel and expand to get bedrooms for everybody and a guest room/office space," Hawley said.
But instead of that expansion/remodel, they ended up tearing down "all but a few walls and the foundation on one side," he adds.
Calling on architect and Willows neighbor Carl Hesse, they needed to assess just what they were allowed to do in a flood zone, with one side of the house on a slab at grade level, but a "lot technically underwater in a flood," he said.
"We were tripping over the rules," he adds, noting that they either had to keep the remodel small or make the whole house flood-compliant.