Earle St. Historic Restoration

As featured in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of AtHome magazine. 

As with all our projects, this home has its own personality and needs. Our main goal with this home was to update it with modern conveniences while respecting the historical nature of a 1920's bungalow. To accomplish this, we saved as much of the original house as possible and minimized the addition to maintain an appropriate scale for the neighborhood. This bungalow combines energy efficiency with period-appropriate craftsmanship.

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  • Front Elevation Pre-Restoration

    The house had been abandoned and used for storage for 10-15 years prior to restoration.

  • Back Elevation Pre-Restoration

    Seen here are several old additions that were inappropriate for the new floor plan and not structurally sound, so they had to be removed.

  • Fireplace After

  • Kitchen Prior to Restoration

  • Kitchen

  • Earle St. Back Elevation Pre-Restoration

  • Construction

    We reused existing materials to help maintain the historic character of the house. The siding was reused from other parts of the house and the foundation brick came from an old fireplace in the house that was removed. - Now that's Green!

  • Back Elevation After Restoration

  • Plans for Restoration

  • Katherine Helping to Sort Recycling

  • DPC Colors

    All of our options were from a historic palette and had to be approved by the Design and Preservation Commission prior to use.

  • Lasagna Gardening

  • Front Elevation During

  • Trey Insulating Walls

    The entire house was insulated to be as energy efficient as possible. This photo shows insulation being blown into the walls of the living room. To add to the energy efficiency, a gas in-line water heater was used and Low-E glass windows replaced single panes.

  • Re-Roofing

    Huge amounts of demo and rebuilding took place on the roof. You can't imagine how much stuff is on an old roof! Water was literally pouring into the house through holes in the roof for years.

  • Polishing Hardware for Re-Use

  • Front Door Prior to Restoration

    The hardware that could be salvaged was hand cleaned and polished for re-use in the restored home.

  • Front Elevation Pre-Restoration

  • Post-Restoration

  • Front Porch

  • Living Room

  • Centerview of the Home

  • Kitchen

  • Sitting Area in Living Room

  • Master Bathroom

  • Kitchen Cabinets

  • Tile Display in Kitchen

  • Front of Earle St. Post-Restoration

    In addition to the obvious changes to the front of the house, these sidelights were covered with plywood and the front door had been broken into to but both were rebuilt, restored and reused.

  • New Back Porch of Earle St.