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.
What many historic homes have in architectural character they often lack in flow between rooms. Like many other older homes, this historic stone house featured a kitchen intended for life with servants, not life with a modern family.
This beautiful and traditional home is built into a steep and heavily wooded slope. The interior, while having the wonderful and solid feeling of an older home, was quite dark. After evaluating several options to add a family room adjacent to the client’s kitchen, the best solution emerged, one that would take advantage of the beautiful woodland views at the rear of the house and bring abundant and much needed natural light inside.
This corner lot in a historic neighborhood with strict design controls left little room for the expansion the client required, which included an enlarged kitchen with room for comfortable seating, a breakfast room, mudroom and a new pool house, as well as a shaded sitting area adjacent to the pool.
This home from the 1970s got a bold new look with contemporary rooflines and interior spaces that deliver a living standard for the new century. The client required a master bedroom and outdoor space that could be accessed from the entry level, but the lot was very steep and a typical deck off the kitchen would have blocked light and views at the lower level bedrooms. To add to the challenge, the small buildable area left little space for a new garage and mudroom.
Sometimes the best answer to a client’s need is the simplest one. A client in the historic Homeland neighborhood with very little room for expansion needed a larger, modernized kitchen and breakfast area, as well as help stopping the seeping of water into the basement from an uncovered exterior stairwell. The answer to this need was not a large, flashy addition.