We have yet another exciting project in the line-up. Rob and I recently had the opportunity to share Tier-1 Design Concepts for renovations and additions to a 19th century farmhouse in Bristol Maine. The existing cape style 19th century farmhouse presents itself as a petri dish of historic precedent. From the three sided fireplace with a bake oven to the exposed monster beams and planks, we could not help but be thrilled to embark into the design process with our excited new home owners.
Despite being quite enamored with the home’s historic significance, we were tasked with a rather large wish list to an older home with significant pragmatic issues. Our clients would like to see the 100 acre farmland restored to a working farm for themselves and their three young children. Our intent is to respect the jewel box of the 19th Century farmhouse and transform the previous additions to work better for a young family and the family's business. Acknowledgement of the land, existing structures, preferred views, natural light, and orientation, informed our site-specific design concepts.
Using historic references as our road map, we are proposing a Kitchen/ Mudroom Ell and a hardworking heavy timber barn. A second level addition to the master suite is proposed to accommodate a crucial home office and access to an outbuilding sauna. New energy efficient systems, insulating the old cape, are a large part of our thought process as the clients have the long-term goal of living off the grid.
We are excited to continue this fast track process with our clients. Construction is intended to commence by June 2014.