Homes from the early 1900s tend to be more compartmentalised, with dark, narrow hallways. For the remodel, the owners wanted to expand the existing home to allow more light, and better support the needs of a modern family.
To achieve this, a visual corridor replaced the physical one between the family room and kitchen. The result is a series of rooms family room, dining room, and kitchen that although separated from each other, have been opened up, flooding the whole ground floor with abundant light.
One advantage to replacing rather than remodelling was being able to position all of the systems and supporting infrastructure such as internet and cable access, as well as heating and cooling, where they can best support the lifestyle of the owners, says Johnston.
"Building new is typically easier because you aren't so constrained by the existing structure and are not worried by what's lurking behind the few walls left standing. In this case though, because we were so determined to remain faithful to the original house, obviously there would have been an advantage to reworking the building."
Not all of the structure is new; several original details were salvaged and incorporated into the restored home. The three-part window that faced the street in the original home, along with its mullions and trim, was repositioned to the master suite. Additionally, the beadboard soffit from the underside of the eaves of the old house, entry way flooring, and crystal door knobs from the kitchen cabinets were all assimilated into the new design.