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A Pinellas couple planned to simply add on to the older waterfront house they bought. // Instead, they're replacing it with a customed-designed home that's twice as big.

Tom and Lisa Dudenhoefer didn't plan to do a teardown. They wanted to add a couple of bedrooms to the 30-year-old, 3,000-square-foot home on Harbor View Lane near Largo they bought 2{ years ago.

"But then we got down to the block walls on the original house and found they were not strong enough to support a second story," Tom Dudenhoefer said. So a teardown was the answer.

The Dudenhoefers are using the old foundation, and they saved the three-car garage.

"We knew we needed some extra bedrooms, but the problem is, when you sit down with a designer, they're very creative, and everything he did, we liked. It was supposed to be just a little remodel with maybe a master upstairs, but it turned into what it turned into."

What it turned into is a five-bedroom, 4{-bath home of 6,700 square feet, designed by Jeff Smith of Belleair Designs and built by Tim Stroyne of Monogram Builders of Seminole. It will include a study/library and a huge media room done in a Western lodge motif, with card and pool tables, a bar and antler chandeliers, designed by George Mazas of Mazas Design Gallery in Dunedin. The house will have front and rear staircases. Upstairs, a bridge will connect the children's rooms on the right side and the master suite on the left.

Tom Dudenhoefer is manager of over-the-counter trading for Raymond James; Lisa Dudenhoefer is at home with their daughters, ages 3 and 5.

The lot is just under an acre, for which the Dudenhoefers paid $631,000, "and we feel we paid that for the lot, and the value of the new house is probably equal," Tom Dudenhoefer said. "My concern was that we not put too small of a house on that lot. It would have been silly. The lot is of equal value to the house we're building."