Though lot restrictions prohibited enlarging the footprint and glazing restrictions prevented adding windows to certain walls, our design is successful due to removing walls, reconfiguring space and adding doors were we could and widening openings elsewhere. The new open kitchen combines the function of a family room, study and kitchen in one space. Large windows at the back of the family room with transoms allow introduction of natural light. Wide sliding doors from the kitchen into the dining room invites light to flow into both spaces.
Many steps were taken to retain the historic charm of the home. A mixture of original hardware from the demolished cabinetry was salvaged and reused. Similarly, the desk top was fabricated from a salvaged old wooden door. The brick of the fireplace is reclaimed from a chimney we removed within the house. A re-claimed hand hewn mantel was installed and all existing millwork has been matched. In the bathroom we re-used an existing claw-foot tub.
We successfully converted this triplex home into a well functioning and comfortable space for this family. Our carefully selected finishes bring modern convenience, while reclaimed and vintage materials maintain the home’s original charm.