The team built with longevity in mind. “You start out and you decide you’re going to build quality, so it will last with the elements, and that forces certain decisions,” says Wiegand. “You’re not going to put a cheap piece of something next to marble and mahogany.”
“Architecturally, what you see is something really different,” he says. “The idea was to bring something progressive into the area that would bring things up. That was the big picture. I didn’t necessarily want to keep the aesthetics of the old home. I wanted this to become the new thing.”
“A truly comfortable, livable home was the goal here,” Mench says, “and I think we achieved that. This is a house designed to accommodate life as it happens.” The homeowners agree. “With Karl’s background in architecture and building he was able to see the big picture,” the husband says. “We’re all happy with how everything turned out.”
Karl Mench, owner of design/build firm Concept 2 Completion, calls his newest program, C2C Homes, “a new delivery system for homebuilding.”
“We’re providing value and affordability at the highest level of quality,” he says.
“We liked Karl because he understood our vision for the home,” she says. “He had a great idea to take the top off, put on another level for its awesome views, but also keep intact the integrity of the home. We agreed to build upward, we agreed on no drywalling, we agreed to blend with the neighborhood. And he did a really great job.”
“It was a great deal, but it was worse than a fixer-upper,” says Mench, owner of Concept 2 Completion, which specializes in custom residential architecture and design. “It was a disaster. It was insane. But it was perfect, too.”