3/11/01 at 7:00 PM
Every growing family knows the problem: a couple of kids, some toys and, before long, it's time to add on. At least that's what Bill Gates's architect says in remodeling plans recently filed with the planning board in Medina, Wash., where Bill, wife Melinda and their two tots, Jennifer, 4, and Rory, 22 months, are apparently feeling cramped in their 48,160-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom digs. Bill designed the contemporary lakeside spread, complete with a 60-foot indoor pool, during his bachelor days.
"The house isn't fitting as they expected it to," according to architect Bruce Anderson, whose construction plans include new children's rooms and a link from the main house to a 1,900-square-foot guest "pavilion." (A Microsoft spokesman refuses to comment on rumors that another little Gates is in beta.) Construction costs are estimated at $750,000, but considering the home's $113.5 million market value, Gates shouldn't have to worry about a second mortgage.