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A 1920s Colonial gets a substantial addition that both feels appropriate and yet provides contemporary amenities for a modern family.

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  • Completely renovate the existing interior
  • Create an addition sensitive to the original design
  • Expand the basement area to include family-friendly amenities


A family’s 1920s-era two-story Colonial home was starting to feel cramped, and while an addition seemed like the ideal solution, the homeowners decided to modernize the existing structure as well.

The original house was comprised of various small-to-midsize rooms accessed from a central hallway. The 3,200-square-foot addition saw the entire home evolve as the design’s open plan transformed the home’s first floor. The flow of the spaces is now much more organic: The kitchen opens into the breakfast room and the family room, which flows into the dining room and into the front foyer. Gone are the segmented spaces and hallway.

The basement was transformed from a simple storage area into play spaces for both children and adults. In addition to two playrooms and a rec room for the kids, there is also an exercise room and a wine room for the parents. A kitchenette, two bathrooms, and ample storage complete the basement’s transformation.

Judges’ comments

“It stands out as sensitive to the original very traditional house while empowering it. The plan, the spaces, and the details resonate much the same; the design is appropriate to the original while creating something better than its parts.” —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings & fixtures: Kohler

Bathroom cabinets: Stephen E. Buick Carpentry

Countertops: Wash Marble/Granite

Dishwasher: Mason, IE

Flooring: Cherokee

Garage doors: Carriage House

Hardware: Integrity

HVAC: Carrier

Kitchen cabinets: Quality Cabinets

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Perrin & Rowe; Whitehouse Collection

Lighting fixtures: Lightolier

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore

Range: Viking

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Siding: CertainTeed

Windows: Pella Architect Series

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