2017 Excellence in Remodeling/Renovation Winner: South End Revival
The 2017 winner is Lisa DeStefano of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth
Lisa DeStefano of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth
An active family moved to this Greek Revival-style home with a sizable back yard in an historic neighborhood, which allowed for better connectivity to schools and the downtown. However, the 1920s style of the interior spaces did not suit the needs of a growing family—an addition and renovation were mandatory.
The historic neighborhood enforced strict expansion rules, so renovation began with the demolition of a poorly insulated addition to the rear of the house. Keeping the existing footprint, the rebuilt addition now includes a three-quarter bathroom and a relocated mudroom with bright, cheery accents. The former mudroom is now a dining room that seats twelve and is flooded with natural light. Second-floor modifications include a reworked master bedroom with a conjoining deck that makes better use of the space.
To the rear of the house, a deck with a carport was added, which improves connectivity between first floor living areas and outside spaces. The deck also provides beautiful panoramic views of the Mill Pond in Portsmouth.
Judges said: This project shows a careful and creative transformation of a faded classic house with good bones into an elegant, light-filled and spacious home. We like the great use of harmonious materials, thoughtful detailing and well-selected furnishings. This is a well-done renovation!