Originally designed as a summer vacation home at the turn of the century this residence has been in our client's family for generations. Having grown up in the house they recognized the need to make upgrades but wanted any revisions to be handled with great sensitivity given their emotional attachments. At the beginning of the project upon closer inspection we determined that the existing structure was very inferior and in need of significant reinforcement. In fact the majority of the existing structure was removed and rebuilt to address those concerns. We retained the existing gambrel profile on each end and the first floor perimeter walls but all else was completely reconstructed.
Internally our new floor plan layouts remained essentially the same as they were existing. On the first floor we did introduce a small addition which functions as the new back entry and mud room that the existing house lacked. A larger and more functional kitchen provides the gathering space that was desired. We introduced a new palette of interior trim to each space with the appropriate scale and character befitting the shingle style house.
On the second floor our biggest design challenge was adding bathrooms to each of the six existing bedrooms. We added his and her bathrooms within the master making a total of seven bathrooms on the floor. In addition to that we also developed space for a sizable laundry and linen storage. The existing third floor was essentially a finished attic with low head room. We introduced new shed dormers on each side to open up the usable area allowing the resulting space to be used as a large bunk room and sitting area.
On the exterior all of the existing windows are replaced with a combination of new double hung and casements. We added many additional windows in more pleasing proportions where necessary to take full advantage of the south facing ocean views. All new white cedar shingle siding, trim, and a large gathering deck fronting the ocean view completes the exterior transformation.
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