This home, built in the 1970s, is in a lovely and desirable neighborhood built of thick, natural Butler stone and heavy timber beams. However great the “architectural bones,” the interiors were aging and in need of modern updates and increased natural light.
The kitchen has become the hub of family life, yet too often homeowners face the same reality as this client – a beautiful, historic home with an obsolete, cramped kitchen built for the needs of a bygone era.
Our population is living longer. With that comes a need to recreate homes so the residents can age in place, which is exactly what these clients were hoping to do when they asked for a three level elevator and wheelchair accessible deck to be added to their home. This is a historic home with many complex rooflines located on a steep site; there was a concern that the elevator addition could disrupt the look of the home if not handled properly.
Italian clients who both love to cook wanted to convert a dark, cramped kitchen into a modern, light-filled space with views overlooking the garden in their historic neighborhood. The renovation would also add a bluestone terrace with eating area and fire pit. Standing between dream and reality was a thick stone exterior wall and a poorly located powder room.