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P H Architects orchestrated the most challenging of residential builds; to renovate and add onto a colonial era home. As one of the early settlers of Newtown, the Fairchild Family constructed this home in 1784. The original design featured a period post and beam structure with mortise and tenon construction, wide board chestnut flooring and fieldstone fireplaces.
The renovation was driven by the client's emphasis to preserve as much of the colonial era elements as possible. Additionally, they requested that the design to the additions relate to the feel, scale and quality of the original farm house.
To capture the client's vision, we used new post and beam construction for the new major spaces. Throughout the interiors, we reclaimed the original chestnut wood to utilize as new flooring, timbers and cabinetry. The additions were designed to work with the scale of the existing home and to respect the quiet elegance of this historical architecture.
We implemented the same cedar clapboard and cedar shingle roofing on both the existing and new structures in an effort to work together as a cohesive whole. By adding copper gutters, fieldstone, a cedar trellis and bluestone, the house exudes the traditional New England look and feel.
Photographs provided by Robert Benson Photography.