Classic Colonial Cut
Wrapped in a classy New England, Puritan inspired dress, this addition and renovation project was finished just in time to help the family survive the stay at home orders for the Pandemic. Built in the 1930’s Depression Era, the standard-issue, suburban colonial had witnessed its share of lifetimes. Most residential structures need a renovation about every thirty years, and there had been modest improvements through its years, but only a major upgrade would keep it relevant.
An open plan kitchen with an eating area and a family room addition spreads out across the rear of the home. The new rear walls are embedded with plenty of traditional windows to let in the light and to capture the views of greenery and outdoor living spaces. The old formal dining room was jettisoned and refitted as service spaces consisting of powder room, mudroom, and pantry. One of the three new additions serve as the private home office on one side, and the new two car garage addition provides balance on the other side. Both sport new bedroom spaces above with the master suite naturally taking over above the larger garage footprint.
The new wide front portico sets a welcoming tone. It is nicely trimmed out and will offer cover for both family and guests. Exterior mounted shutters keep it authentic looking as do the twin chimneys. The real chimneys are now replaced by faux chimneys since the originals were deemed expendable. The chimneys and the hip roof preserve its original Georgian style inspiration. The wide trim including the rain table detail helps frame the crisp clapboard siding that is pleasantly interrupted by generous double hung windows with simulated divide lites.
My clients are looking forward to sharing their spaces with others soon to put it to the entertainment test. Perhaps by then we’ll share some interior photos too. Like the exterior, the interior has a crisp color scheme of greys with plenty of traditional charm including paneled wainscoting and built-ins for both the utilitarian and more luxurious tasks. For now, though, you’ll have to take our word: it’s all that.