PRISM GOLD 2019
Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston
Best Restoration $750,000-1M
This waterfront home endured a 100-year assault from Vineyard Sound’s nonstop salt, wind, and moisture that resulted in irreparable levels of rot and decay. Although the homeowner expected a significant renovation, they were not aware of the extent of the damage and ended up having to tear the whole home down and rebuild it from scratch. By choosing to rebuild 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, local geography originally obstructed that coveted waterfront view from the house itself. To remedy this, we added a small deck from the second-floor master bedroom. The homeowner would later go on to say “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.