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This 1890s fisherman's house in Rowayton, CT had fallen into total disrepair. Sitting on a tiny, cramped lot, the house was crowded by sheds and outhouses.
The building had several attractive features, including a handsome staircase and a bright Sun Room. Still heated by the original coal fired furnace, the house had no fireplace. The kitchen, in a lean-to shed at the back of the house, was less than basic. One bedroom was tiny.
The design challenge was to maintain the classic charm of the house while creating a home for a family with very young children.
New bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and mudroom were added, as well as a family room with a fireplace. The second floor was extended over a porch creating an area for outdoor dining. The old sheds were removed to make room for a free-standing garage and a back yard where children can play.
As the family has grown older, the house has been adapted to meet the need for more space.