1870’s HISTORIC FARMHOUSE

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

Smithouse was hired to maintain the original historic integrity of the home while at the same time modernizing it in order to make it relevant for today’s standards.

BEFORE

The functionality of the house needed to be brought into the current century. Updates included an entire new roof, installation of HVAC on the second and third floors, insulating the entire house, gutting the kitchen and two bathrooms,

painting the entire interior and exterior, replacing windows, adding siding to the exterior, exterior porch repairs and updates, the addition of a kitchen pantry, replacing all the interior and exterior lighting and shoring up the home’s foundation.

After spending almost a year partnering closely with Smithouse on the renovation of our family home, we too cannot say enough about the building experience. We can’t thank Smithouse enough for the work they did and we are nuts about our new “old” home!
– Sparks, MD

WORK IN PROGRESS

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DETAILS

When working on a historic home, it is not unusual for interesting things to pop up during a renovation and on this project it was no different. To start, we were able to view photographs and paintings of the property from different time periods which helped us and the architect in making some of the recommendations that we did. Horse hair, a common insulator from the turn of the century was found in the walls of the kitchen. During demolition of the third floor, newspapers from the early 1920s were found and had been used for floor insulation. Our goal along with the client’s throughout was to maintain the original, historic integrity of the original home but to introduce modern updates. This came through in variety of choices and details during the build process. Exterior siding was a priority for the client to avoid costly paint maintenance into the future.

When we were looking into siding options, we realized that we would lose the architectural integrity of the shape of the home if we sided everything. Our solution? We painted the top of the home to be able to maintain an architectural phlange and sided the lower half the house to assist with long term maintenance. Much of the house was full of original, charming trims and moulding from the turn of the century. We looked closely as to how we could carry this through to some of the updated rooms. As an example, the new kitchen ceiling design mimics the historic moulding throughout the rest of the house. Architect Patrick Jaronsinski recommended minor adjustments throughout the house that were minor in cost but really changed the flow and floor plan that is relevant for today.

GALLERY

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