Historic Restoration

Fairfield, CT

Colonial Revival Style, circa 1840

Renovations completed Fall of 2010

Architect: Studio DiBerardino, LLC

Contractor: SWS Builders

Scope of Work:

General repairs to deteriorated portions of the antique home, with an eye towards preservation.

Renovate the kitchen for better function and flow, while bringing the space more in line with the character and detail of the other original period rooms.

Maximize the potential of neglected lower level rooms that have access to rear-yard terrace and swimming pool.

Reorganize child's bedroom suite to include renovated bathroom.

Surprises/Quirks/Restraints:

The exterior style changed from the original Greek Revival to Colonial Revival in the early 20th century, including the addition of a third floor.

Extensive repair was necessary on the front porches since the existing framing was not preservative treated.

Structural deficiencies came to light in an area where rooms had previously been altered, i.e. the child's bath, kitchen and pub-room, which were located directly above each other.

The basement floor was composed of 4-inch to 6-inch thick large, flat granite stones.

The original portion of the fireplace chimney's lacked clay flue pipes, while the upper portions of the chimneys had clay flue pipes that had deteriorated; an early 20th century addition added the third floor which explains the different composition of chimney construction.

Historic District Commission regulations made for a challenging approval process for window repairs and upgrades.

The existing kitchen incorporated a tight space with many existing doors and windows, as well as a fireplace.

Solution:

New preservative-treated framing and Ipe wood decking were utilized to restore the front porches.

Steel beam and engineered-lumber were required to reinforce and rebuild floor systems in the area of the stacked, renovated rooms.

Selective reuse of some of the granite floor stones provided a rustic the floor in the new wine cellar on the lower level.

Stainless steel chimney flue-liners and new masonry construction above the roofline were required to restore the function of the home's nine fireplaces.

The Bi-Glass restoration system was used for the window repairs and replaces the window's single-pane glass with new energy efficient insulated glass while preserving and repairing virtually the entire window frame.

The solution for the kitchen layout included annexing the adjacent pantry space as a breakfast nook, splitting refrigeration appliances between the kitchen and the breakfast nook, and a large island to maximize cabinet storage and countertop space.

Specialties:

Salvaged antique oak panels and pilasters were reused in the new wine cellar.

2-inch thick Carrera marble was chosen for the countertops in the kitchen and complimented other marble applications in the home.

Reclaimed chestnut wide-plank flooring replaced the original floors in the kitchen and pub-room.

Restoration of the original marble vanities kept an historic touch in the renovated bathrooms and powder-room.

Custom-designed plaster cornice mouldings were added in the kitchen to compliment others throughout the house.

Member of:

The American Institute of Architects

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