This home was originally built in 1909 and had a few renovations done over the years. The new owners wanted to reclaim the rental suite downstairs and make it part of the home by adding a stairway to the ground floor level. The architect commissioned on the project, Elizabeth Mackenzie, was able to work through floor space restrictions with the Board Of Variance at City Hall. This allowed us to build a custom addition to the side of the house that tied into the original design and gave us the required room to build the new staircase.
The clients then decided to re-design the entire house including the entire basement, kitchen, adding 2 new bathrooms upstairs, new wood windows on the top floor and the basement, new cedar siding and trim details along with a full plumbing system and electrical system upgrade. This work also included adding a 18 ft long structural steel beam in the kitchen along with underpinning the required foundation in the basement and adding pad footings to all of the structural posts.
The hardwood was sanded and stained back to its original glory with new top nail white oak flooring installed into the kitchen. All new doors and trim including crown moulding were added to all floors of the home. Carrara marble was used in for most of the counter tops with reclaimed fir used for the basement kitchenette.
Once the interior of the house was complete, the owners moved in and they decided to redesign the back yard and add a 12′ wide garage to match the house. The back and front yard of the home was designed by John Minty who engaged the clients to find out what they ultimately wanted the space to feel like. Large amounts of ungauged slate was used for all of the pathways and landings with cedar fencing & gates added to maximize privacy. Over 30 types of trees and plant species were used to give the yard the feeling of a very mature garden that flowers at different times of the year with specific fragrances requested by the owners.