Historic Renovation


Mossy Ridge Construction, Franklin, Tenn.

This home is located in a historic Nashville neighborhood, requiring that alterations adhere to and maintain the historic fabric of the structure. Remodeled several times, the home had become a series of small awkward spaces with low ceilings and several different levels on the main floor. Undertaken as a speculative venture, the project increased the home from 1,700 square feet to 3,300 square feet. The new home, while accomplishing historic and green goals, features an open plan that includes access and views of the rear yard from the main living areas and the master suite. The finished design restored the historic character of the house and gracefully merged the additions.


S.E.A. Construction, San Mateo, Calif.

The goal was to modernize a traditional San Francisco home, once divided into two apartments, and transform it once again into a single-family home where a growing family could remain for many years. The objectives included adding state-of-the-art Internet and media access and audio and video surveillance as inconspicuously as possible. Further, the owners wanted to create a floor devoted to the kids, a floor for the adults to enjoy private leisure time and public rooms downstairs. Challenges included the fact that the whole house was 7 inches out of level, a neighbor’s home was attached at one side and bringing in building materials on narrow streets was difficult.