PRISM GOLD 2019
Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston
Best Restoration $750-1M
Enduring a 100-year assault from Vineyard Sound’s salt, wind and moisture resulted in irreparable levels of rot and decay to this waterfront home. Although the homeowner expected a significant renovation, they were not prepared to tear the house down entirely and start over from scratch. By choosing to renovate the home using the existing footprint, we were able to retain its historic character and avoid a costly new construction. To improve the home’s layout and flow, we converted the first floor from many small rooms to a spacious open floor plan by installing two steel beams to replace load-bearing walls. Although the home is roughly 50 yards from the waterfront, there was no water view from the house. To remedy this, we added a small deck from the second-floor master bedroom. The homeowner explains, “Having my morning coffee from that deck is often the best part of my day.” We installed a bright new kitchen featuring Longfellow custom frameless cabinetry, quartzite countertops with a flowing pattern of pewter, apricot and chestnut tones, and a farmhouse sink. At the far end of the home is a traditional stone fireplace, using stone matching the original outdoor hardscape.