AUT10_Fea3_Hammer_Ptown11 As a cosmetic change, the team removed the 1950s picture window and replaced it with a series of double-‑hung windows that match the proportion and size of the original. The exterior also received new clapboard and shingle siding in keeping with the historical character of the house. Door trim was also replicated in the Federal style. “We added a brick chimney to the house at the gable end—this really enhances the look of the exterior,” says DiRocco. “The house was brought to its full potential,” says Balkowitsch. Friends who saw the house before the renovations can’t believe the transformation. The couple were able to restore the façade to fit into this historic seaside community while reinventing an interior space that works for today. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” says Balkowitsch. “It really is a new and old house at the same time.”

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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