“If a house is short on storage, we add it wherever we can,” says designer Chloë Rideout. So when building an addition to this 1730s Ipswich, Massachusetts, home for a client, the team framed out an alcove for the family dogs. (slide 6/6)
Anyone who has ever lived in a house with a century or two of history knows there are certainly challenges to renovating a historic home. Mat Cummings talks through potential obstacles that homeowners may face, as well as the extraordinary rewards of living in a renovated house that’s been transformed into a true home.
If you own a house built before 1960 that has its original windows, be grateful. Nothing will ever look as good… New windows will not function better. They will not save you buckets of money in energy costs. They may not even last until you have finished paying for them.
A wrap-up of the project featured on This Old House TV. With a more open (storage-packed!) first floor, a new master suite, and dedicated space for visiting grandparents, this 1879 Italianate’s remodel was designed with family in mind.
As the inlaid compass rose reveals in the front entry, the home’s ocean side faces directly south and enjoys a 180-degree swath of unadulterated Atlantic goodness. But the property wasn’t always so glorious.