Remodeling a low-maintenance bungalow – Fine homebuilding

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Written By Jim J Neal

The historic Cape Cod bungalow, built in 1904, required design and historical renovation to fulfill the new owners’ goals of modernizing and conserving the 1800-sq.ft. home. Construction began with the lifting of the building from its brick foundation, then moving it on rails and placing it back on a stable foundation with helical piles. It was then slightly rotated to permit for off-street parking, and a path to access the main entranceway with a handy tucked-in bathroom.

Built-ins can be used as a dining area, a bedroom, a bed frame, or storage element. This allows for a more compact and efficient use of space while still maintaining the feeling of a low-maintenance home. The original craftsmanship of the home’s structure beams was preserved when it was built in summer cottage form. The space was more flow-friendly thanks to its open layout. Shiplap accents the coastal theme in the kitchen, and the transition to the lower level and second floor.
The exterior facade featured a traditional clapboard façade, which was preserved with rigid insulation. The deck was also enlarged and a second-floor balcony added. The design and build teams kept the home’s unique architecture and historical character intact while updating its aesthetics and energy efficiency.
Architect/interior designer SV Design, Builder Monomoy Real Estate & Construction, Location Chatham, Mass. Photos Sabrina Cole Quinn

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