What started as a possible kitchen and dining room renovation turned into a complete rehabilitation. Lahart started dismantling the house for the renovation and found rot and termite damage. The contractor knew at this point the scope of the project was going to be much bigger than just a kitchen renovation, so he suggested the couple contact architect Dave Johnson of Skaala, LLC.
Johnson met with the couple to create a master plan for the entire house and design the new interior spaces. “When I walked in the front door, the house had already been taken down to the studs—it was November 2007 and the couple wanted the project completed by June 28th the following year,” notes Johnson. “We had our work cut out for us. But the husband and wife have incredible taste and a great eye for design. So although there was a considerable time constraint, we had clients who came to the table with clear ideas of how they wanted the house to look and function.”
Inspired by old photographs of Shingle-style houses, Johnson adopted the language of the Shingle style to recreate traditional interiors and exteriors. A cedar roof and sidewall shingles as well as fieldstone were chosen to match existing materials and techniques. Johnson also designed large shingled brackets inspired by old Shingle-style cottages in the area to support the side porch roof.
MillworkOne of Cranston, Rhode Island, created the trim for the coffered ceilings, V-groove paneling, built-in cabinets, and a winding staircase, which all contribute to the traditional, elegant aesthetic of a gracious seaside home. The living room mantel reflects Arts and Crafts designs of the early 20th century. “The couple really wanted to respect the design of the old house,” notes Lahart. “They wanted the new design to be reflective of original details, and it was our job to perfect those details.”
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