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Thornton Ave

In 1921, at the height of the Bungalow’s popularity, this home was built in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Yalecrest.  In this neighborhood with uniform setbacks and an abundance of historic houses, additions are not always done with comparable massing and scale.  That is part of what makes this home so remarkable.  Having owned the home since 1975 Judy Krall has completed her long term, three phase restoration and addition project with little-to-no impact on the historic streetscape.

Phase 1 was the most impact on the home, including the addition to the rear as well as digging out the basement to make it livable space, installing radiant heat, putting in new electric service, and repairing the wood windows.

Phase 2 included installation of new soffit eaves, front porch battened columns, storm windows and solar screens, another electrical upgrade, and new landscape.

Phase 3 saw the house receive new attic insulation, a seismic retrofit, more electrical and plumbing upgrades, new stairs leading to the basement, completion of the basement’s interior spaces, and refinishing the kitchen woodwork to match existing design throughout house.

And while I just listed all the phases and projects like it just happened overnight, this was an amazing twenty year transformation that took this home from a one-story bungalow to what feels like a two-story home with all the additional spaces.  Performing the work in phases also allowed the owner to pay for the project with earned income instead of financing a loan and paying interest. In addition, the process allowed the work to start in the back yard and migrate to the front of the house establishing the infrastructure without redundant landscaping and impact on neighbors and street traffic.

This home is a great example of how an compatibly designed addition can transform a historic home into a modern space while maintaining the historic look and feel of the original architecture.  We and your neighbors thank you!