Launch Slideshow

Overall House

Overall House

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    Warren Jagger Photography

    Two shed-roof additions are both distinct from and in harmony with the original house.

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    Freed of the clutter of 20th century additions, the original house reveals a handsome simplicity.

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    The new back hall addition channels daylight and backyard views to the adjacent kitchen and dining area.

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    The front hall.

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    Exposed wood beams do the structural work of former bearing partitions.

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    The living room addition extends into a screened porch.

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    Painted beaded board closets and cabinetry read as furnishings against a backdrop of white plaster walls.

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    Stone landscape walls ground the house on its site.

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    Courtesy Estes/Twombly Architects

    The site plan.

Presented with a handsome late 19th-century house burdened with awkward additions, architect James Estes saved only the good part. Stripped of clutter, the building reveals its clean Neo-Classical lines. In place of the demolished additions, Estes composed two shed-roof elements that are both unabashedly modern and properly deferential to the original structure. “The idea was to restore the purity and simplicity of the original house and keep the additions separate and distinct,” he explains. Inside, beadboard closets and cabinets contrast with the plaster walls, “so the room forms read as simple rectangles.”

Our judges called the result “a nice juxtaposition of old and new,” noting that the work reflects “a real commitment to detail in both the interior and exterior, without going over the top.”

Project Credits
Entrant/Architect:
Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I.
Builder:Hands-On Construction, Concord, Mass.
Living space: 2,076 square feet
Site: 0.35 acre
Construction cost: Withheld
Photographer: Warren Jagger Photography