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Language of the Past Language of the Past

In order to create the illusion that the addition is older than its age and is also in keeping with the original house, Hutker Architects measured window frames and muntins, wallboard paneling, and door and ceiling heights to bring the old proportions of the old house into the new area. To ensure that the structure has an old-fashioned sensibility, the design team incorporated as much salvaged building material as possible. For instance, the addition has three fireplaces, which are built from salvaged brick. “Some of the bricks are old ballast bricks,” says Hutker. “The chimney is a focal point to the entryway and is a counterpoint to the original central chimney.”

Language of the Past

Other salvaged materials include hemlock for built-ins and paneling, oak flooring, and several antique doors. Although not salvaged, the windowpanes are reproduction wavy glass, and all the interior door hardware fixtures are historical reproductions. The homeowners chose punched-tin sconces for the light fixtures to add an old-fashioned patina.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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