A two level condominium in a well-worn Victorian needed a major renovation to accommodate a family of four. The existing floors contained numerous small, disconnected rooms, one bathroom, and a utility space overlooking the rear yard.

The owners wished to enlarge certain rooms and create a greater feeling of connection among the various spaces. Additionally, they desired easily accessed exterior space. The goal was to provide for a modern lifestyle and balance a contemporary design aesthetic with existing traditional features.

Walls were removed and added at both levels to allow the option for both privacy and visual connection throughout. The utility room was removed and replaced by an ipe deck off of the kitchen and dining room. One can see from front to back of house if desired. This connection is emphasized by a consistent use of white oak that provides a common language linking the two levels. New windows were added to provide light or offer distinct views.

Where possible, portions of roof were raised to allow for habitable rooms.

A palette of oak flooring and wall cladding, oak cabinetry, ceramic and cement tile, marble and limestone slab, stainless steel and blackened metal, ipe, and plaster form a clean, warm aesthetic. Innovative millwork was fabricated to maximize storage where the rake of the roof proved restrictive. Distinct light fixtures provide for moments of sculptural play. The traditional bannister combines with a new structural column, custom handrail, and plane of glass to create an elegant assembly embodying old and new.


General Contractor: Buck O’Neill Builders
Structural Engineer: ZFA
Interiors: EKR
Photography: Art Gray