Historical Preservation Addition

Historical Preservation is remodeling but is limited stylistically, on the exterior, to matching the period in which the home was built.  This home was built in 1941.  A flat roof porch, supported by 6”x6” posts, was later enclosed with block in 1965, and bore no resemblance to the original home.

We had completely remodeled the adjacent kitchen a year earlier, so protecting it and the rest of the home, while removing the ill constructed addition and building the new one, was a major challenge.

When we removed the old construction, we discovered the slab under it curved upward, following the slope of the yard and had no footer, so it also went into the dumpster.

We built the addition to visually match the original construction with the same stucco finish, window grid pattern and gable roof as the original home.  The solid wood two panel doors, with wide square dimensional lumber, for both casing and baseboard, copied the interior of the original home.  The home is located in an area governed by historic preservation, and our work received the blessing of the Historic board, whose president lived 3 houses away and kept an eye on the project throughout.  The master bathroom had a small gable roof over it, which we had to partially retain to protect the home and required a modification of the new trusses over that part of the new roof.

The back yard, with a concrete walkway adjacent to the back wall, 13” above the FFE, was tamed with a retaining wall and pavers creating a patio, while eliminating a serious water issue.  The side yard, with a combination of pavers and a concrete driveway, serves his aesthetic requirements along with parking, egress and erosion control on a challenging in-town project

A retiree, with an extensive book collection and a lifetime love of music, his ideas were incorporated into his vision of a ‘proper English library’.  The result is a room to play music with others, visit or read alone, with lighting options ranging from bright and direct to indirect and subdued.  The bathroom incorporates the old black and white tile pattern of decades ago, and is almost completely accessible with the curbless shower.


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