Antique Home Restoration, Preservation, Rehabilitation Planning and Architectural Design of Period-style Homes
Do you love old houses, too ? The Focus of my service is restoration architecture including preservation planning and specifications for rehabilitation of the antique architecture of the United States. My service includes antique home investigation and documentation plus historically accurate architectural plans for completion of the project. The range of period homes I am experienced with spans from the late 17th Century into the early 20th Century.
Whether your home needs to be refreshed; you need more room; want to update your kitchen; remove an ugly addition; or reconstruct a salvaged antique home, I am experienced and qualified to provide documents to guide the project. I specialize in 18th Century and 19th Century house design and am very often called upon to design & plan sensitive additions to antique homes. The manner in which I approach all my work is with great sensitivity to the original details and character of the home. I have been working in this way with antique homes for 40 years.
A word of caution: In selecting an architect or a contractor it is important to be sure they have real feeling and understanding of what makes an antique home wonderful. Bad things can happen when a fine antique is placed in the wrong hands. The valuable antique character is dependent on the the original 'fabric', its hand crafted details, and on irreplacable patina. Once these are damaged or destroyed, it will be expensive or impossible to reproduce them, but if your antique home is properly restored, with careful attention to old house preservation techniques, saving its original character and materials, it will be worth more, both in terms of monetary value and in character.
Many antique homes have suffered from unfortunate remodeling. Normally, the concept of remodeling should not properly be applied to antique homes because it implies the loss of antique detail. However, in homes that have had historically worthy updates, these aspects may also be evaluated for restoration or preservation. In all of my projects, my services are specifically oriented to you as the person or family who will live in the home. In the end, my intent is that your home delights you, supports you, and inspires you. See more on my Qualifications and Reviews page. On the Portfolio pages, these many projects also speak of the accomplishments I have in this field.
Appropriate Additions for Antique Homes
A key part of preserving antique homes usually involves updating its livability. In such cases an addition is most often the best way to preserve an antique home, so that the original antique fabric of the home can be kept and the addition can provide the updated spaces required. The nature of the addition should fit the character of the original and each home must be considered individually. Such additions require knowledge of the period style of the original home whichever of the 2 dozen or so anitque period styles of the United States. My knowledge of architectural history and of the traditions of Early American craftsmanship and structures also informs my designs. My practical understanding of the realities of home construction and finishing comes from over two decades of woodworking and contracting of my many restoration projects.
I will consider projects in any area of the United States. Some areas of special interest and experience for me include old house restoration plans for homes in Maine - New Hampshire - Massachusetts - Connecticut - Vermont - New York - Pennsylvania - Wisconsin - Minnesota - California from Carmel to Tahoe - San Francisco & the Bay Area - New Mexico - and Arizona.