The sunroom addition originally required three steps down from the main living area. Though plans called for retaining as much of its structure as possible, once demolition began it became apparent that wouldn't work - there were structural issues and mold. So down it came.
During preparation work in the backyard, Dent's crews unearthed not one, but two septic tanks that needed to be pumped and removed. The city has long provided sewer services to the neighborhood.
Three bedrooms include the master suite and two guest rooms for the Pritts' grandchildren, including a bright pink room painted to the specifications of their 11-year-old granddaughter.
The process was the talk of the neighborhood.
"People were in here all the time," Debbie said. Her family joked she should have kept a guest book.
Debbie appreciated some of the practical advice Dent doled out during construction. He suggested a new stone façade for the fireplace, as well as capping it off at the roofline and installing easy ventless gas logs.
"A chimney is nothing but a problem," he said.
His assistant, Kelley White, built a new fireplace mantle from scrap wood.
In the bath between the two guestrooms, Dent suggested eliminating a tiny closet-sized shower and converting the existing tub to a shower/tub combination. He created a laundry area and lots of closet space in the new hallway to the master suite - there's no shortage of storage.
Dent worked many years for Atlas Scaffolding before venturing into his own business seven years ago, hiring a five-man crew of experts. He grew up learning to fix and construct things.
"My grandpa was a carpenter," he said.
Furniture from their former house looks right at home in the new place - Debbie says she didn't have to buy much. There are finishing touches to be done, including installing plantation-style shutters to some rooms.
The biggest project remains outside. The family dog, Ava, is loving having the run of the newly fenced yard. This fall, the Pritts will work on landscaping; the plan is for lots of easy-care perennials and shrubs.
They're already enjoying their decision.
"How many level lots do you find in this area?" Denny said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.