Renovation of an 1880 Boston house in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, one of the first “streetcar suburbs" in the US. The design preserves historical aspects of house, such as exposed wood ceilings, select plaster walls, the slate roof, and wood floors, while adding new elements, including a large open living area and kitchen, library, top floor dormer, bathrooms, vertical addition to side, and decks. The renovation reveals early building elements as it adds a layer of contemporary material assemblies and new ways of using domestic space. The project opens up a typical New England enclosed envelope to increase the relationship of inside and outside, stretching out a new skin that angles at each level to playfully engage with the surroundings. The interplay between old and new continues from outside to inside, at certain vantage points presenting what seems to be a nineteenth-century house, and at others, a contemporary one. The redesign features both expansive, light-filled open spaces, such as the kitchen and living area, the library, and the top floor, as well as more intimate ones, such as the study, bedrooms, and dining room.
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