Gothic Victorian Rehabilitation

Rye
New Hampshire

 This turn of the century Gothic styled Victorian home had retained much of the original interior in its primary section, but the very unfortunate shed- roofed addition from the mid 20th Century really had spoiled its antique charm. I was commissioned to provide the creative home design that would solve this problem.  The complete working plans I drew called for the removal of the ugly addition which was steps above the main floor of the original part of the house, removal of some bed rock to allow lowering the garage and aligning the floor levels above it with the original ones.   The new addition with its historically correct form, seamlessly extends the original front entry/stair hall wing and provides a more substantial and beautiful front elevation for the house.  This addition is in perfect detail with the original home. The new addition contains three floor levels:  the garage, living room, and master suite on the top floor.  An open and very decorative front porch extends across the width of this addition.  An screened in porch and balcony like roof deck above it extends across the rear of this addition, providing views of the inlet of the Atlantic Ocean where the owner moors their sailboat.  An existing rear wing was kept with an all new interior and view windows as well.  The 20th Century siding was removed revealing the original, including decorative wood shingles in the front gable.  This original siding was restored.  The tall brick chimney was repointed.  The kitchen was remodeled with cabinetwork in harmony with the original woodwork and new systems were installed to bring the home up to date and to code.

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