Remodeling a Historic Home

Remodeling a Historic Home

The Haas-Aldrich family approached us with an exciting project: an extensive remodel of the Blaine-Smith House, a gorgeous 1908 Arts and Crafts style home on the National Historic Register.

The home had been through a series of unfortunate remodel projects in the past that left it with an awkward and outdated kitchen.

The plan was to completely gut the kitchen, raise the ceilings three feet, expand the kitchen, add a coat room and add a relaxing patio.

“It is a stunning transformation,“ says Rebecca Haas. “This is the kitchen of my dreams and I wouldn’t have done anything differently. We all know that everyone tends to hang out in the kitchen, and now we have a kitchen that’s wonderful to hang out in. I really love the built-in benches around the kitchen table.”

Rebecca says the family of five is busy and on the go, often with a house full of friends and family. An important aspect of the home’s transformation was to also expand the exterior space. The former homeowner had paved over a significant portion of the yard so we worked with Stone, Water, Tree to remove the asphalt and add a flagstone patio and landscaping.

“The space is now a lovely place to hang out.” Rebecca says. “We even lowered the kitchen windows so we could look out into the new backyard.”

The project was a huge undertaking, and we certainly wanted to honor the longstanding heritage of this gorgeous historic home. We worked closely with the homeowners to ensure every detail was carefully executed.

Rebecca says she didn’t realize how many decisions she would have to make, but Right Angle Construction made it easy for her to make the best choices. “From cabinet styles to paint colors to hardware to hardwood floors, the Right Angle team was so helpful, laying out options and offering opinions and sending us to the best vendors. The home has an ornate plaster ceiling featuring intricate arabesque designs – one of our favorite features of this historic home. Right Angle helped us select kitchen tile to match.”

“The Right Angle team is fantastic. They are professional, experienced craftsmen and they have a can-do attitude. All of their subs were professional and courteous and great at their jobs. There were times when a sub would finish work on a part of the project and Tom would make them come back to fix something that wasn’t perfect enough, something I wouldn’t even have noticed. I really felt like they had our backs and I know we’ll use them for other projects in years to come. Right Angle really is an invaluable resource.”

PHOTOS BY: Emerick Architects

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