1815 Farmhouse

Project Description:

  • AWARDS: 2010 Chrysalis Award - Best Residential Historic Renovation
  • 2009 National Association of the Remodeling Industry - Home Improvement Showcase
  • At the center of this home is a log cabin built in 1815 for a family from Pennsylvania and their ten children. Over the years various additions were built to accommodate the family, including the ‘newer’ 1822 wing. The goal of the project was to add space that felt like a natural extension of the old house. In farmhouses like this, it is common to have additions built over time which gives them a romantic ‘rambling’ feel. In keeping with that idea the new addition has a stone foundation, wood clapboard siding and dormers that subtly reduce the scale.

Project Details:

When our client bought the house he was the fourth owner and while the home remained historically intact there were serious maintenance issues. He needed practical things like a functional kitchen and a master bathroom but didn’t want to upset the balance or historic patina of the house.

Over the years the owner had collected antique walnut planks – because he knew the original cabin had walnut trim – but he wasn’t sure how to incorporate them into the renovation. After studying pattern books and historic homes from the same era we designed a custom fireplace wall with the wood. The fireplace wall anchors the new kitchen and has a Rumford fireplace flanked by 2 doors – one to a small office and the other to a secret staircase that leads to the master suite.


A few BEFORE PICTURES to see what we started with:

Wedge B1 Wedge B2 Wedge B3