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This fine Victorian house on an acre of mature parkland had remained virtually unchanged over 150 years. Beaux Arts wrought iron fretwork and a 1930s kitchen had been added; neither were in keeping with the Victorian architecture.
The design challenge was to maintain this Victorian gem, while providing the family with a contemporary comfortable home that meets today's fire and energy codes.
The Kitchen was totally renovated and opened to the backyard. A mud room was added. A tiny room was enlarged to create a family room. A wraparound porch was added at the back of the house. Original details were referenced throughout, some elements were salvaged and re-used. A new backstairs leading to a Playroom above the Kitchen was included. Rooms were reconfigured to create bathrooms. The warren of tiny rooms in the attic was reorganized as a Guest suite.
In 2008 the project was recognized with a HOBI Award for Best Antique Restoration.