Designed along utilitarian lines for use by the servants, the 1920s extension had suffered from cramped living spaces and limited connections to the water views. To address these problems, the wing was redesigned and rebuilt with open-plan interiors.
Dustin Corbett, project manager for builder Windover Construction, says with so much work needed to bring the extension into line with the house, his team needed to raze the first floor, making the substantial project more like a new build than a remodel.
"Construction access to the coastal side of the home was also tricky. The house and wing were temporarily separated, with a lane built in between."
The upper level of the extension now accommodates a family room, media room and teenagers' room, while the new kitchen is positioned by the windows, on the ocean side of the home. Although the layout is contemporary, the new detailing includes crown mouldings, pillars, cove ceilings and archways modeled on the interiors of the main house.
Designer Michael Cebula says that, as with the exterior, one aim for the decor was to integrate the two parts of the home.
"Between the owners, the architects, Windover and ourselves, we were able to meet this challenge in a relatively short time frame."
To add the functionality required for the young family, the wing was transformed. In the great room, a softly vaulted ceiling was introduced. This is painted gray blue, to reference traditional New England porch ceilings.
"This is the room the family spends most of their time in, so we chose comfortable, relaxing furniture," says Cebula.