Maintaining continuity was a theme that ran through this project, not least because the house was in its third generation of family ownership.
In remodeling this home, we faced the challenge of preserving the historic architecture, while creating spaces to meet the modern-day needs of the owners, such as improving the energy efficiency of the house. The styling of the two-story addition echoes the house, yet stands semi-detached so as not to detract from the wonderful massing of the original structure. Windows were carefully matched in size, and new shingles were custom-made to match the existing ones. Continuation of materials also serves to tie the spaces together on the interior. The vertical grain white oak tongue-and-groove floors and custom oak door and window trims allow the new spaces to seem a part of the house -- rather than an abrupt addition.
The kitchen cabinets are crafted in oak and stained to match the color of the original trim. The raised-panel doors are inset to maintain the clean lines characteristic of the house. Because the room has only one exterior wall, special roof framing and skylights above the sink were added to pull in extra light.