Shute House Colonial Home Restoration

Newburyport
Massachusetts

This smaller, Gambrel roofed, center chimney Colonial home is located near the harbor in the historic port of Newburport, Massachusetts.  It had suffered from neglect and unfortunate modifications in the 250 years between its construction and restoration.  The owner wanted, and got, an historically accurate restoration complete with antique hardware and hand planed woodwork.  I was commissioned by the restoration contractor to provide my complete historic architectural service. The original main house consists of one room on either side of the center chimney on each of its three floor levels. The garett had been only roughly finished, but the other four rooms each had a fireplace and originally, panelled interior walls. The original kitchen wing had been added very early on and had one room on each of its two floor levels.  A second early addition widened the kitchen wing and has been retained. The new kitchen, simply done with custom designed and constructed period cabinetwork is housed in the first floor of this second addition, while the first floor of the first addition houses the Dining Room and second stairway. The original front stair was completely rebuilt and a modern bathroom was tucked in behind the chimney on both the first and second floors. Original style 9 over 6 light sash were replicated and installed throughout.  All this detail was included in the working plans for restoration.

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