2019 Master Design Awards: Historic Renovation
authors Kyle Clapham
Westchester Real Homes, LLC
South Salem, N.Y.
Project name: The All New 1812 Modern Farmhouse
Project location: South Salem, N.Y.
Square footage: 1,752
Project cost: $750,000+
Originally built in 1812, the modest timber-framed farmhouse now showcases vintage framing methods and state-of-the-art mechanical systems. Its antique post-and-beam structure has been revealed and exposed permanently, along with the hand-hewn timber and extra-wide American chestnut and white oak flooring. A redesigned artisan stone fireplace provides its focal element.
The home boasts an open floor plan with a deconstructed kitchen, a dining and living area, and a master suite/professional office. Its first level also includes a full bar, a laundry room/mudroom, and two bathrooms. The basement features the original, exposed large boulders foundation and a 1,000-bottle-capacity wine cellar. A deck leads to the spacious stone patio and outdoor fireplace.
Roofing: DaVinci Roofscapes
Structural: ZIP System R-sheathing all-in-one structural panel
French doors: Andersen
Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel
Ceiling fan: Emerson
Fan system: Fantech
Photos: Sylvain Cote
Timber Innovations LLC
Designer: Dayton Home Designs
Project name: Early 1900s Charm
Project location: Appleton, Wisc.
Square footage before: 553
Square footage after: 733
Project cost: $418,096
The clients bought this Craftsman-style home because they love its character and desirable neighborhood. Built in 1913, the house is located in a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The homeowners wanted to update and reorganize the kitchen to be a more functional, open entertainment space, but they couldn’t increase the house’s footprint. They also wanted to update the home with 21st century technology while maintaining an early 20th century aesthetic.
Repurposing the old breakfast nook and half of the back porch created the kitchen and mudroom. A hallway was formed, stretching the length of the new kitchen, and contained a walk-in pantry and powder room. An engineered beam was added to support the weight of the floor above. A Craftsman-style coffered ceiling camouflages the new beam and recessed LED lighting.
In order to ‘add’ space, repurposing the unused sleeping porch was the logical and economical solution. The space would be renovated to become the master bathroom and a walk-in closet. Tapered sleepers were used on top of the floor to level the porch’s pitch. To fit the walk-in closet, one side of the porch was extended over a first floor roof.
Tile: Heritage Tile; Lunada Bay Tile
Flooring: Novogratz; Ditra Heat; Metro Hardwoods
Countertop: Stone Creations
Range: Ilve Majestic
Exhaust hood: Ilve Majestic
Shower: H.J. Martin and Son
Shower faucet: Kohler
Photos: Karl Volkman
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Designer: Wick Architecture & Design
Project name: Hancock Park Historic Renovation
Project location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Square footage before: 4,871
Square footage after: 6,269
Project cost: $3.3 million
The overall goals for the owners were to restore an original 4,900 square-foot Grande Dame, built in 1924, to her former glory; rework the interior floor plan to create better flow; and update all finishes, fixtures, and systems, including electrical, plumbing, floors, and interior plaster.
A 1,400 square-foot, two-story addition pushed out the rear of the house (formerly a servant’s quarters) to allow for a new recreation room and guest bath on the first floor. The original galley kitchen and breakfast room were merged to create a luxurious kitchen, now three times larger than the original. A service stairway was removed and the space converted to a butler’s pantry and powder room.
On the second floor, the addition expanded the master suite and converted an exterior deck into habitable space in one of the other bedrooms. Every bathroom in the original 1920’s floor plan was a “Jack and Jill.” Upon completion of the project, each remodeled bedroom has its own en-suite, custom bath with gorgeous fixtures and tile work. The last pieces of the project rejuvenated the old two car garage, adding space for the owner’s office and a guest bath.
Lighting: Cornelius Flush Mounts; Globe Flush Mount; Philip Hexagonal Lantern
Heat pump: Fujitsu
Locksets/hardware: Ashley Norton
Outdoor sink: Kohler
Outdoor hood: Lynx
Outdoor refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Photos: Michelle Larson/Larson Captures