18th century Georgian houses are common in New England.
Yet each one is precious:
owners understand that they are stewards, caretakers.
I am often asked to help the house work better today, gently inserting modern amenities.
Frequently that means quiet upgrading or adding a wing that does not compete with the house.
This 1711 house was well cared for. Now it was time to tackle its rear wings. Both had been built badly 100+ years ago, cut up, and poorly maintained.
They were demolished.
What replaced them needed to be secondary, almost invisible: the traditional ‘little house’ and ‘back house’ attached to the barn.
We added an entry, a mud room with closets, a family room, bedrooms and baths, including a master bath connected to the master bedroom in the main house, a stair with head room and width, and a porch for rocking chairs.
A beloved First Period house had marginal kitchen, bedroom, bath, and family spaces.
The wing to the right needed to be 2 floors above a walk-out basement and subservient to the original house.
Built in 1790, this house needed repair as well as a new wing for garage and guest spaces. An old shed poorly attached to the house in the 1950’s barely worked as a family room.
The request list included a 3 season entry porch and easy access to gardening equipment.
I was asked to recreate the original front entrance from a vintage photograph. I explained that the fan light should be painted black – to create the circle which encompasses the front door and sidelights. The owners are not inclined.
My Blog documents the design of the front entrance.