2023 Remodeling/Renovation Design Winner: 1812 Plank House
The client wanted to revive a family-owned Cape-style house that had been neglected over time. Its personal significance to the owner influenced the decision to retain the primary structure—a combination of heavy timber floors and roof supported by plank walls—and design it to conform with contemporary residential code requirements. After moving the house to a spot on the property where there was better sunlight and significant views, a new, insulated exterior over the entire existing structure was created, including new wall and roof insulation and custom-made, true divided lite, insulated windows. The frame and plank walls were retained as finished features on the interior. Since the original central chimney and fireplaces had been removed, a classic center chimney and three fireplaces to define the primary living spaces were introduced on the ground floor, which has floor boards salvaged from the original house. The Cape’s upper level consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. New mechanical systems were included throughout the project. The main house connects to an ell, which includes a primary bedroom suite, a study and other support functions. A barn and an equipment shed were built on the site of the original house.
What the judges said: A beautifully conceived and crafted renovation story. Traditionally inspired details and materials sit harmoniously next to the house’s original fabric. This home will stand proud for the next 100 years thanks to the loving restoration and caretaking by its owners.
Randall T. Mudge & Associates
Photography: Greg Bruce Hubbard