FRONT EXTERIOR, BEFORE: Built in 1883, this house needed more than a few touch-ups to bring it back to life. The foundation was rotted, the windows were boarded up and the roof leaked. Still, Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis had high hopes for the historic home.
FRONT EXTERIOR, AFTER: The house is picture perfect with a leak-free green roof that pops against a freshly painted exterior. The chain link fence was replaced with a white wooden fence and the porch dons an American flag that Nicole places on every home she renovates.
Bad First Impression
ENTRYWAY, BEFORE: The boarded-up windows, basic beige and raggedy stairs made this house dark and dingy the minute you stepped through the front door.
ENTRYWAY, AFTER: The left wall was opened up to connect the entryway and the living room and an old-style runner lines the staircase.
LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: Nicole stumbled across a hidden treasure when she found a stained glass picture window completely in tact that wasn't visible from outside. This room was a bedroom when this house was a duplex, but Nicole planned to make the main living room.
Huge Selling Point
LIVING ROOM, AFTER: The restored stained glass window is one of the first features people notice on the front of the house. A doorway creates a walk way from the front entry into the living room. This doorway was original to the house, but at some point someone had closed it off.
DINING ROOM, BEFORE: The dining room had great bay windows and woodwork, but the walls had been tagged with graffiti and the hardwood floors were marred and dirty.
Primed and Polished
DINING ROOM, AFTER: After several coats of primer to cover the graffiti, the new dining room is warm and spacious with refinished floors and a raised ceiling. The ceiling is about 16 inches higher than when the project began.
KITCHEN, BEFORE: The house actually had two kitchens, one upstairs and one downstairs. These cabinets from the upstairs kitchen were dated, but they were still in good shape. The upstairs kitchen was taken out completely and these cabinets were used to create one central kitchen downstairs.
Old Cabinets, New Look
KITCHEN, AFTER: The cabinets were stripped, stained and left open to create a unique look in the kitchen. Grimy linoleum was hiding the original wide-plank pine sub-floors, so those were restored to keep the authenticity of the house alive.
VANITY, BEFORE: These built-in cabinets originally made up the butler's pantry for the upstairs kitchen. With the two kitchens being consolidated to one, Nicole decided to turn them into a vanity for the upstairs bathroom.
VANITY, AFTER: With a fresh coat of paint, the cabinets are the perfect combination of farmhouse antiquity and modern amenities for the upstairs master bathroom.
Cool Clawfoot Tub
BATHROOM, BEFORE: The bathroom was tiny and cramped, but the clawfoot tub was in good condition and could be salvaged for use in the new bathroom.
BATHROOM, AFTER: The old tub was given new life with a rust-inhibiting spray paint on the feet and exterior and removing a few walls made this bathroom a decent size. The mismatched wood floors were created with bits of original wood found in other parts of the house and add special character to the space.
MASTER BEDROOM, BEFORE: The master bedroom was in pretty good shape with hardwood floors and plenty of space.
MASTER BEDROOM, AFTER: The room was large enough for a huge bed and a chest of drawers to provide essential storage space.
HALL, BEFORE: Getting through this hallway felt like squeezing through a mouse hole because of the narrow path and poor lighting.
HALL, AFTER: The side wall was pushed back to allow an extra foot of walking space in the hallway, which leads to a small sewing room that could easily be converted to another home office.
HOME OFFICE, BEFORE: Nicole wasn't sure what to do with this room that was just next door to the kitchen. It wasn't in terrible shape and she wanted to find a use for it without reconfiguring any walls.
HOME OFFICE, AFTER: A fresh coat of paint and new window treatments turned this room into a great home office. A large wooden desk defines the space as an office and continues the antique charm of the rest of the house.
KID'S ROOM, BEFORE: This upper-level room was spacious and the double windows filled the space with natural sunlight.
KID'S ROOM, AFTER: With no major construction work to be done, some simple staging was all this room needed. Most of the furniture and decor has been salavaged and repurposed by Nicole.
Full of Potential
GUEST BEDROOM, BEFORE: Grime lined the walls of this bedroom upstairs, but the natural light and sizeable closet was a plus.
GUEST BEDROOM, AFTER: The smallish room still feels large with light-colored bedding, walls and curtains.
PLAYROOM, BEFORE: Just off the dining room was this space that was being used as a bedroom, but its small size and location made it impractical.
Perfect for Toys
PLAYROOM, AFTER: The room's location near the dining room lets parents keep an eye on the kids while entertaining or making dinner. Having a central room for toys also helps keep the rest of the house clutter-free and organized.
BALCONY, BEFORE: In addition to the anicient wood panels encasing this balcony, the top of the structure was left open allowing rain and snow in, but no drainage slot was ever installed.
Open and Airy
BALCONY, AFTER: With the old walls gone, the balcony offers a relaxing lookout over the backyard. The floors were given a weathered look and a drainage slot was isntalled to avoid pooling water after a storm.
BACK EXTERIOR, BEFORE: Broken glass, rotting steps and dead vegetation plagued the backyard. The porch foundation was also leaky.
Oasis on 4th Street
BACK EXTERIOR, AFTER: A new staircase and foundation look like they were always part of the original house. Finally, a tall fence adds privacy to the backyard from the alleyway and neighboring houses.
How to Remodel an 1800s Farm Kitchen
By Sarabeth Asaff
Older homes have a lot of character that can be capitalized on during a renovation. Farm kitchens from the 1800s are particularly full of character; while these spaces were built to be utilitarian, rather than stylish, many of their attributes can be incorporated into a modern kitchen to give the room an updated period look.
During the 1800s kitchen cabinets as they are known today did not exist. Instead, items were stored on shelves and in bins that were tucked beneath the counter. While modern cabinets provide a lot more storage, closed cabinets don't fit in with the traditional design. Mesh the two periods together by using open or glass-front cabinets on the walls above the counter. Use conventional modern cabinetry on the bottom, but include some period items such as tilting and sliding bins concealed behind the cabinet facings.
The sink in a farmhouse was used for nearly everything, from washing vegetables to washing babies. A farmhouse sink needed to be large enough to accommodate these tasks, and typically had only a single basin, not dual compartments like more modern sinks. Apron-front sinks, which are hung from the wall and built into the cabinets they rest in, help bring a period look to the kitchen with their deep basins. Select one in a color that matches the appliances in the room, or use one made out of stone or copper or one that has a hand-painted finish.
The kitchen counters in 1880s farm kitchens were more than likely made of wood, which might not stand up to a modern kitchen's demands. Limit the use of wood to the surface of a kitchen island or one section of the countertop, using a strong hardwood that won't scratch easily. Cover the rest of the counters in a matte-finished stone such as soapstone, slate or honed granite. Avoid counters that have a lot of color and pattern to them.
The flooring in a farmhouse kitchen can be a soft wood, such as pine, or terracotta or slate tiles, both of which were used in the 1880s. Use a material that was local to the farmhouse during the time it was built: pine or slate in New England, for example, and terracotta or old stones in the West. To capture the rugged, slightly worn look of a traditional farmhouse floor, look for reclaimed materials such as barn wood or tiles pulled from older farmhouses. Installing these materials in your kitchen gives an instant period look.
Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.
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The Architectural Observer rarely looks at “important” buildings; the focus is upon overlooked ones. Some will be antique survivors which have come through time surprisingly intact. Many will be old buildings which have been altered without regard to their stylistic integrity while others will be new construction which never had any stylistic integrity to begin with.
The decline of architectural integrity is just one more facet of the prolific and ongoing devolution of our culture. The Architectural Observer calls it like it is! Are there more important and pressing issues facing us now? Yes, but everyone needs a distraction from those other issues once in a while. And besides, this is relevant and much more fun!
There are four kinds of distractions here:
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PLAN BOOK AND KIT HOUSES examines structures built from mail order plans or actual kits.
PROJECTS follows the progress on a variety of design-related endeavors.
DRAG QUEEN ARCHITECTURE showcases buildings built in one style but which are trying to pass themselves off as a different style.
Let’s face it; we built better buildings in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries than we do now. Let’s take a cue from the past and start to remember how buildings are supposed to look and function. Thanks for joining me – please use the contact form for polite inquiry or to gripe at me.
It's All in the Details
It all started with a stove. And then one thing led to another. For years, self-described old-house purists Amy and Alden Philbrick liked their 1880s red-brick farmhouse just the way they had found it: largely untouched since the day it was built, complete with high ceilings, center gables front and back, and a wraparound porch. Perched on a hill in historic Alexandria, Virginia, it had survived the years without losing its rural roots or unusual T shape.
As the family grew—the Philbricks' three children are now 20, 18, and 12—they thought about adding bathrooms, updating the heating and cooling systems, maybe enlarging the kitchen. But each time, they resisted. "This house was very pristine," says Amy. Hanging a great room off the back and calling it a day was just not an option. "We didn't want it to be like other old houses that had been blown out and messed with."
As time went by, the constraints of the 19th-century house became clear. Its "T" was formed by a broad facade with a central gable and a narrow stem just one room wide and three rooms long. The kitchen, last updated in the 1980s, was stuck at the bottom of the stem with no buffer between its back door and the yard. When the couple entertained, as they often do, guests piled up in the kitchen, neglecting the pine-paneled parlor and living room flanking the front entry. More to the point, says Alden, "Amy's hobby, cooking, was the center point of our family life. And for all those years, she had three feet of counter space."
Still, they put their dreams of 21st-century amenities on hold—until the day Alden offered to buy Amy a new stove.
As it happened, she knew exactly the one she wanted: a French import with two ovens and a customized-to-order array of high- and low-BTU burners, able to dispatch dinner for 12 in no-time flat.
The floor in the grand new kitchen, made from reclaimed heart pine, weds it to the rest of the first floor. The kitchen's four doorways and its landing for the new back stairs also evoke the past.
a ) The creamy yellow of the Quality Custom Cabinetry's cabinets' "aged" patina is the result of a caramel-tinted glaze. The plate rack's contrasting green paint makes the space look as if it evolved over time.
b ) The Calacatta-gold marble counter is set lower at the baking station.
c ) The Lacanche stove has a custom assembly of burners.
d) The Pratt & Larson ceramic-tile backsplash ties together the earth tones and brass accents used throughout. The faucets are from Franke.
e) The reclaimed heart-pine floor makes the new kitchen blend seamlessly with the older parts of the house.
This workhorse would, of course, require breathing room, not to mention ventilation. Soon the couple was talking to local architect George Myers and local kitchen designer Robin Lynch about carving out the right space. Not long after that, they were contemplating building a new kitchen—and a bit more.
Lynch, for one, was thrilled. "This area has a lot of old houses, but this happened to be one of the originals. I knew it would be fun because it would be a restoration with modern updates—keeping a lot of the old and replicating it in the new areas to maintain the flavor."
Myers also knew the perfect general contractor, Bob Klecker, a 27-year veteran who actually prefers to work on old houses, the knottier the better.
After puzzling over the home's awkward layout, the architect proposed a tall, carefully proportioned addition coming off the right side of the house in the back that would change the strict T to more of a gentle J. Clad in brick to match the original structure, the addition would include a one-story bumpout that would help blur the line between old and new by doing a convincing imitation of a classic enclosed porch.
The three-story addition, with its brick cladding and one-story enclosed porch, is hard to distinguish from the original Victorian-era house.
f) The dormered addition, which is shown extending to the left, repeats an original gable.
g) The white-painted lap siding on the low-rise portion of the addition, which houses part of the kitchen, matches the cladding on an enclosed portion of the wraparound porch on the other side of the house.
The addition would make room for a walk-in pantry with a window to channel light into the kitchen, and a hallway from the kitchen to a new powder room and to the old pine parlor and dining room. Equipped with a wet bar so that guests could pick up drinks along the way, the hallway would boost circulation while serving as a transition from new to old. There'd be no more logjams in the kitchen, Amy noted, with traffic flowing in a figure 8.
Open shelves and glass-front cabinets finished with crown molding give this space a vintage look.
h ) A double-hung window with the interior's signature elongated bull's-eye trim channels light into the pantry and the kitchen beyond.
i )Sub-Zero freezer drawers and a microwave were relegated here to free up space in the kitchen. The microwave is from GE; the cabinet paint is Benjamin Moore's Lafayette Green.
"Over the years, we had a lot of ideas of what we wanted to do," says Alden. So it was hardly surprising that the plan's linchpin—a kitchen as high-performing as Amy's cuisine—was only one in a series of pleasing alterations. Or that once the work was done, 14 long months later, friends could not tell where the addition began or remember where the old house left off.
Damask wallpaper and painted wainscoting preserve the existing dining room's 19th-century style.
j ) A new cased opening leads to the addition. Simpler trim surrounds the closet door.
k ) A new paneled door from Simpson, matched to others in the house, replaced a plain one. Here, as throughout, the original hardware was restored and reused. The wallpaper is from Osborne & Little.
The general contractor and his crew salvaged, restored, and reused windows, doors, woodwork, knobs, screws, and hinges. When it came time to move the back stairs and frame new windows and passageways, they copied the oak newel post in the foyer and found a mill to match the balusters and the elongated bull's-eyes that trim many of the windows.
The front door opens onto the original heart-pine staircase, which has a carved newel post and painted, turned balusters. The living room is to the left and the pine-paneled parlor is to the right.
l ) The general contractor found the original heart-pine floorboards under a layer of 20th-century oak and uncovered the original oak wainscoting under 14 layers of paint. He restored both.
As part of his campaign to document and undo what few insults the house had suffered over the years, Klecker poked and prodded floors and walls. After prying an original porch railing out of a wall added to enclose a portion of the porch in back, he had proof that the railings had been replaced at one point, so he replaced them again, this time with proper reproductions.
But Klecker's biggest find was the original heart-pine flooring, buried throughout the house under a layer of mid-20th-century blond oak.
"When I heard about that discovery," says Alden, "I did backflips for two weeks."
Tongue-and groove knotty-pine paneling was added to the existing front parlor in a previous renovation.
m) The fireplace was dressed up with molding and a mantel with turned spindles.
n ) New recessed shelves were trimmed to match original millwork elsewhere in the house.
With its brick exterior and pitched roof repeating the main portion of the house, the addition looks from the street as if it has always been there. Inside, it feels that way, too.
Alden, the real stickler in the family, says, "We wanted to make sure we made the new so much like the old that you couldn't tell the difference." He credits Myers with the big concept and Klecker with pinning down the visual cues that intensified the home's historical feel while fusing its old and new parts.
Two bedrooms became a master suite with a dressing closet and a separate walk-in closet.
o ) The custom island has a marble top, drawers, and fluted pilasters.
p ) A Victorian pier table and mirrored dresser are period-appropriate touches.
More space upstairs would allow the family to spread out while fulfilling every old-homeowner's fantasy of big closets and luxurious baths. A bedroom would become a spacious master bath, and two small baths would be turned into walk-in closets, one large enough to serve as a dressing room. Along the way the home would get a new forced-air heating system and central air, and thoughtful tweaks would hide the surgery.
A bedroom was taken over to create space for a double vanity, a freestanding tub, and an enclosed shower.
q ) The new bath has a claw-foot Waterworks tub and a Rohl floor-mount filler.
r ) One-inch marble floor tile adds another vintage touch. The wall paint is Benjamin Moore's Soft Chinchilla.
"When we started, we really just wanted a bigger kitchen," says Amy. "But once you start adding on, you've got to dig a foundation—so heck, we thought, Let's do a room above the kitchen, too." Despite the addition's size, she says, "it's very subtle."
"We both grew up in old homes," adds Alden. "We love the patina of an old floor and the history of it all. That's why we didn't want to ruin a thing—and we didn't."
A closed-off fireplace was opened up to become a focal point—and heating source.
s ) The Victorian Fireplace Shop's fireplace insert burns gas instead of coal and is made of cast iron, painted and polished to look like pewter.
First Floor Plans
The addition includes a kitchen, pantry, mudroom, and powder room.
Second Floor Plans
Two existing second-floor bedrooms were combined to create a spacious master suite, and a full bath and laundry room were added on the second floor.
Third Floor Plans
A bedroom, bath, and walk-in closet were added to the third floor.
Amy and Alden Philbrick enjoying the vintage-style kitchen they built onto their 120-year-old house.
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