Seeking to protect the past while looking towards the future, a great grandchild of the original owner sought our assistance in updating the family’s 150-year-old home.
Updating a home that’s stood since 1851 can be an overwhelming responsibility. Hurdles with modern advancements — such as installing new heating and cooling ductwork in a structure built before ductwork existed — were common and especially considered due to the client’s desire to submit the home for the National Register of Historic Places.
With the client living on the West Coast, it was important for us to nurture their confidence and trust by creating a consistent channel of communication. Using a variety of digital solutions, including Dropbox, we shared design ideas, detailed out plans, and illustrated progress on a regular basis.
On the build side, we installed new heating and cooling infrastructures, updated all electrical and plumbing, rebuilt and refinished a variety of structural elements, and added on several bathrooms and a laundry room — all while maintaining historic accuracy down to the finishes. To complete our update, we upgraded the entire home’s smoke and alarm systems and added in efficiency solutions to maximize the old home’s energy use and costs. The ultimate satisfaction came in the client’s confident submission to the National Register of Historic Places, an act that will yield protection and preservation of the home for generations to come.