2016 Excellence in Remodeling/Renovation Design winner: In-Town Renovation
The 2016 winner is TMS Architects in Portsmouth
Photography courtesy of Rob Karosis
TMS Architects in Portsmouth
The new owners of this historic Exeter residence wished to retain its formal aesthetics but recognized that their young, energetic family needed some additional casual space. The kitchen did not meet the owner’s needs, and all bathrooms were antiquated.
A new three-car garage with attached pool house and mudroom was created. The kitchen was redesigned to include a walk-in pantry, a new rear stairway and family space with direct access to the new terrace. A new private master bedroom suite on the second floor overlooks the rear yard. The laundry room was relocated, and all bathrooms were modernized. Inside, the historical features were preserved.
Judges said: This renovation and addition maintained good consistency between old and new, inside and out—yet the new feels contemporary. While lower in scale than the main house, the addition retains the Italianate roofline and details. The angle of the garage/pool house creates an inviting, side entry while opening up the private yard and creating good sight lines from the house to the pool. The interior is opened up with flow between family spaces and the outdoors. As a whole, the project accommodates the needs of a young family.