Historic Renovation

1st Place Winner
Kohler Homes, Inc., Burke, Va.

Second Place:
Custom Design Build, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Third Place:
Davitt Design Build, West Kingston, R.I.

This historic 1898 house was about to be torn down in order to make room for new road construction when this owner decided to save the house by purchasing it and relocating it approximately 1,000 ft. from the existing location.

The owner’s program called for a complete renovation of the existing residence including a newly renovated kitchen, new bathrooms and a new basement. The owner also requested that a screened porch and a two-story front porch be added to the existing residence.

It was important that these items be designed to complement the original design of the house and appear as if they were part of the original design.

The house was in terrible condition and had not been inhabited for many years. The old rubble stone basement was full of asbestos and wrapped pipes and slimy creatures. Luckily, all of the existing historic trim was carefully removed, labeled and stored to be reinstalled in the original locations.

In order to save time and money, Kohler Homes developed a structural basement wall system utilizing poured-in-place concrete walls with several courses of CMU laid on top of the concrete walls.

Special care taken to preserve old historic elements of the house while incorporating modern conveniences. In areas where old historic trim was damaged, new trim was manufactured to match the existing.

“During the construction, an old piece of rosin paper was discovered in the exterior wall with the date of the original house and the date of renovation by the son of the original owner. This piece of rosin paper is now framed and mounted on the wall of the dining room.”

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