Historic Home Expansion

The goal of this project was to expand a historic home to provide a live-work environment for the owners and to accommodate a large extended family.  Although many alterations had been made to this circa 1700 home over the years, several early features remained intact, including the central chimney mass with five fireplaces and a beehive oven, wall paneling, and the original stair hall.  These elements were carefully restored while other major work was taking place, including a new foundation, floor framing and mechanical systems. A new kitchen with vaulted ceiling was added, and what was once a barn on the abutting property was replaced by a garage with two studios above.  A connection from the house to the garage was made with a single story infill building, and a greenroof created a landscaped garden path from the main house to the studios.  This project participated in the LEEDS for Homes pilot program and includes a rain water collection system, locally sourced materials, air source heat pumps, and a 5KW solar electricity generating system with battery back-up. In addition to our role as architechtural designer and general contractor, Treehouse provided interior design services, historic building restoration, cabinetry, and custom-made furniture.