Breathing new life into an antique home can be a very rewarding experience, as much for the contractor as the owner. A thorough understanding of historical building methods as well as materials and finishes unique to the particular period of the home is essential. Also expect to become very friendly with the local historical society.

This antique waterfront home needed some updating and TLC. While some areas needed only cosmetic touch-ups, others required major structural repairs and more extensive rework. The kitchen and three of the four baths were stripped down to make way for new layouts and all custom site built cabinetry. Interior walls were moved to allow for better use of space and breathtaking views of Long Island Sound from every room.


What began as a kitchen remodeling project in this early 1900s waterfront estate became a complete strip down and rebuild of its 5,500 plus square feet. The owners wanted to make this seasonal home their year round residence which meant winterizing the structure and otherwise making it compliant with local code requirements for the same. The interior was stripped to bare framing, several rooms were reworked to allow for an expansive master bedroom suite and all new mechanicals and energy efficient windows were installed.

This circa 1780 shoreline home was bought by noted New York architect Monty Mitchell who wanted to increase the energy efficiency of the structure while absolutely maintaining its period charm. The existing wood siding was stripped and numerous structural framing repairs were made before installing an exterior insulation system which allowed the antique and unique interior finishes to remain while providing a tight building envelope. Custom milled cedar siding which matched the original details was installed along with custom wood windows which also mimicked the originals.

The proud new owner of this gentleman’s estate on the Hammonassett River contacted us after we were referred by his real estate agent. What began as a relatively straightforward kitchen remodel and cosmetic job evolved into something else all together.

Once it was determined that severe insect damage had compromised the structure, structural framing was replaced and new fiber cement siding and composite exterior trim were installed, along with new energy efficient windows and doors. This would help prevent future problems and all but eliminate maintenance needs.

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