Winner: Contractor of the Year Grand Award for Historic Renovations
Homeowner’s Objective: Update and Modernize Without Losing the Character of the House
– Master Bath
– Exercise Room that is not in a public space
– Powder Room on first floor
– Family Room
– Guest Suite
– Mudroom/laundry area on first floor
– Give the home an overall make over while respecting the integrity of the original four-square, farm-house design.
– Keep the scale of the home “small”, not grand.
When the homeowners bought the home, they were under the impression that their corner lot had 15 foot set-back requirements. When we were contracted to design their renovation, we learned that the set-back requirements were actually 25 feet, significantly hampering the freedom of design. However, after careful planning, creativity and negotiation on “gray” areas with the County, we were successful in a design that was both beautiful and functional for our clients.
Not only was a three-level space added to the rear of the home to accommodate a new family room, master bath and basement guest suite, but every aspect of the house was rejuvenated. A larger, well organized kitchen and the addition of a rear foyer/mud-room/laundry room have significantly increased the functionality and value of this home. The detached garage was rebuilt to match the footprint of the original garage (a County requirement since it sat within the set-back zone), but the roof was elevated to allow for a garage door. In addition, interior trim was milled on site to match the original, new windows were installed to increase energy efficiency, and the original five panel doors were repaired, refinished, and reused. Original flooring was moved from some areas of the home to be reused in others and new complimentary flooring was installed. The total effect of this renovation is a home that is as warm and welcoming as it was in the 1920s; with all the comforts of a modern day, new, luxury home.