This project began in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy flooded this neighborhood on the Connecticut shore, sending the homeowners to exile in a rental while we figured out how to make a new house from the old, while navigating the zoning restrictions on this small lot, and the new FEMA regulations which called for it to be elevated by about 5 feet from its previous floor level. And while they were at it, the owners wanted to expand the house for their growing family. In order to accomplish all this, the decision was made to tear down an existing garage in order to add square footage to the house, and then turn the existing one story house into a two story by jacking it up and building the new story under the old. This made for a very interesting construction process. The site design was also tricky, as we wanted to add some fill to the site in order to disguise the new height, but not so much as to run afoul of the FEMA regulations.
On the outside, the first step was to change the roofline to make it less of a bungalow and more of a Colonial or Federal style, in keeping with its new height. This also created some extra square footage in the finished attic. Because of the way we added underneath the existing house, we were able to get nine foot ceilings in the new first floor, which allowed more light in and makes small rooms feel larger. The sun-filled, beautifully detailed interior has a modern ambiance but with classic detailing. It features broad doorways, nickel hardware and rich quarter-sawn oak flooring throughout. The kitchen is large for a home this size, but efficient and open to the Family Room and to the deck on the back. Upstairs, the new home has five bedrooms and three-and-one-half baths, including one on the third floor with an adjacent playroom.
Huestis Tucker Architects, LLC 15 Research Drive, Suite 5, Woodbridge CT 06525 Woodbridge: 203-248-1007 Greenwich: 203-698-1007 Email: office @ huestistucker.com