This Claverach Park project was originally intended to be a whole house renovation, as well as a new addition to the home. Shortly after I began demolition work, the economic meltdown occurred. In order to work within the constraints of the newly restricted available financing, I scaled back the planned work on the existing house. Working with the owners, we were able to select materials and finishes, which would be in keeping with the period of the original house while still remaining affordable. The addition was put on hold, and with it the planned master suite, forcing the owners to take up indefinite temporary residence on the third floor of the existing house. To make their temporary surroundings more comfortable, I designed a cost-conscious, but full bathroom on the same floor by combining the spaces from an existing powder room and a cedar closet.

While the overall project was designed by an architect, I worked with the owner on the interior design of the kitchen and bathrooms, and designed all the cabinets for the kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen layout required considerable reworking as the original design had included an entire wall of cabinets of insufficient depth to be useful. My cabinetmaker and I came up with a new detail for the wall cabinets that allowed them to appear to have a soffit above them without the difficulty of aligning a drywall soffit with the cabinets. In the bathroom, I added custom designed medicine cabinets which incorporate electric outlets to plug in chargers for tooth brushes and razors without cluttering the countertops. The powder room on the first floor has a wainscot of bead board salvaged from the existing basement.

September 2012 Update: I am currently building the full addition of a new 1,250 square foot living space that will be complete before Thanksgiving and designing a deck to be built immediately after.