Antique Home Restoration, Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Architectural Period-style Design
Do you love old houses, too ? The Focus of my service is the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of the antique architecture of the United States. My service includes investigation and documentation of the existing building plus historically accurate architectural plans for completion of the project. The range of period homes I am experienced with spans from the late 17th Century into the early 20th Century. A necessary part of preserving antique homes often involves expansion of the building in order to accomodate updating, especially, kitchens and bathrooms. Whether you need more room; want to update your kitchen; remove an ugly addition; or reconstruct an antique home, I am experienced and qualified to lead any such project. The manner in which I approach all my work is with great sensitivity to the original details and character of the home. I have been working in this way with antique homes for 40 years. It is really important to select the right professionals to work on your antique home. There are far too many architects and contractors who have little or no real understanding of what makes an antique home wonderful. Bad things can happen when a fine antique is placed in the wrong hands. The consequence of doing so results in the destruction of that beloved antique character. That character is dependent on the antique hand crafted details and on irreplacable patina. Once these are gone it will be expensive or impossible to reproduce them. You can spend a lot of money and just end up cheapening your home. If your antique home is properly restored, preserving the original character and materials, it will be worth more, both in terms of monetary value and character. Many antique homes have suffered from unfortunate remodeling. Normally, the term remodel should not properly apply to antique homes because it implies loss of antique detail. However, in homes that have had historically worthy updates, these aspects may be re-evaluated for restoration or preservation. In all of my projects, my services are specifically oriented to you as the person or family who will live in the home. My intent is that your home delights you, supports you, and inspires you. See more on my Qualifications and Reviews page. On the Portfolio pages, these many projects also speak of the accomplishments I have in this field.
Appropriate Additions for Antique Homes
Sometimes an addition is the best way to preserve an antique home, so that the original antique fabric of the home can be kept and the addition can provide the updated spaces required for modern living. In these cases, the best solution is to create an addition that is historically appropriate. I believe the nature of the addition should fit the character of the original home and each home must be considered individually. My knowledge of the traditions of Early American craftsmanship and of structures and period styles informs all my designs. My practical understanding of the realities of home construction and finishing comes from over two decades of woodworking and contracting of the many restoration projects I have completed.
I will consider projects in any area of the United States. Some areas of special interest and experience for me include Portland, Maine - Portsmouth, New Hampshire - Massachusetts - Connecticut - Vermont - New York - Pennsylvania - Wisconsin - Minnesota - California from Carmel to Tahoe - San Francisco & the Bay Area - Sante Fe & Taos, New Mexico - and the Pheonix, Arizona area.