Lakefront Green Home Remodel



Project #09-09, Marion co, fl



The Clients wanted a nice open floor plan that would let them live mostly on one level after they retired. They were looking for the most cost efficient way of lowering their future energy bills. And they didn't want a bigger house, just a better one.

Using the Not So Big® remodel philosophy - quality not quantity - we designed this remodel without increasing its size - except adding a new porch. The 1,700 s.f. home plus garage and porches remains modest with 2 master suites, situated at either end of the house for privacy. All the main rooms now have a beautiful view of sunsets over the lake. Green features, energy efficiency, and low maintenance are a great combination for a home to spend your retirement.

Gold level Florida Green Home certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc. and Energy Star Qualified Home with HERS index of 60. Silver winner of 2012 Master Design Awards for Energy-efficient Retrofit. Regional winner of 2015 Chrysalis Awards for Whole House Remodel $500k-$1M.

​Homeowners Bill and Ann Dupree moved in just before Easter 2012. Built by Adolf Construction of Ocala, FL


In the Client's own words: Cathy demonstrated outstanding communicative skills and expertise in managing our construction process from concept stage to final implementation. She maintains her abilities to adapt the latest technologies to the task at hand and was able to ensure that our home received a certified energy star rating and a gold "green" home certification.

Bill Dupree, courtesy of LinkedIn.com 10/16/2012


In the Client's own words: We engaged Cathy Svercl as our architect because we wanted someone who was fully committed to the "Not So Big House" concept as well as "green" innovations and aging in place design for a whole house remodeling project. Her attentiveness to these principles and commitment to details, professional relationships and management of the remodeling project resulted in a one of a kind picturesque lakefront home design.

Client, courtesy of Houzz.com 8/10/2012