Originally built in the 1880’s, the scope of this project included the demolition of an existing Garage and the construction of a two-story, 700 sf addition to a designated Historic private residence in an affluent, long-established residential community. The addition includes a single car Garage to replace the original, along with a new Master Bedroom Suite and Laundry Room on the second floor.
The design seamlessly integrates the addition into the Victorian style of the home, so as to appear “original.” The addition’s massing, Gambrel roof lines, aligned eave trim, matching wood shingles, wood casings, dormers, divided-lite windows, and paint colors compliment and harmonize with the original home.
The original Palladian window and dormer above the stair is covered by the new Master Bedroom addition. However, the window became a design feature in the new Addition. The window was salvaged in place and restored, and become a borrowed lite for the space, allowing light to pass back and forth between the original house and the Addition.
Because the home is a designated Historic structure, the design was subject to the review and approval of the Newton Historic Commission and the rigorous Special Permit process. The design received unanimous approval from the Historic Commission, the Newton Planning Department and the Board of Aldermen.
Location: Newton, MA, US
My Role: Architect