This turn-of-the-century Victorian home was in poor condition; the knob-and-tube wiring powering some of the household electricity was dangerous, and the tree trunks used as supporting beams in the original 100-year-old construction were no longer capable of holding up the full structure of the home. An old furnace was emitting high levels of carbon monoxide, and as construction got underway, supporting beams were found to be missing or had been severed by previous workers. These conditions meant that Brenner Builders had to re-build the home from the inside out. To complicate matters, the owners required many specific custom elements to accommodate their lifestyle, and time was of the essence. (They set an early move-in date and wanted the job done “yesterday.”).
Teamwork among builder, architect, and homeowner permitted the work to proceed quickly, and the resulting home was finished on time, with a complete renovation and expansion that added 2000 square feet to the original structure. The 6000 square foot home now features three full floors of gracious living with six bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, his-and-her home offices, a media room with sound-attenuating features (since it is located beneath the master bedroom), a home automation system, and a gracious wrap-around porch with screened-in area. There is also a newly constructed two-car attached garage.
Throughout construction, the preservation of a particularly lovely perennial garden was required, and this was accomplished successfully.