COUNTRY LIVING IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
A newly finished covered bluestone porch with traditional porch ceiling and restored wrought iron handrails invite you down the curved stairs to relax in front of the new outdoor fireplace. The perfect setting for a drink and good conversation. A tune up of an existing space with a big impact.
This Westham Dutch Colonial presented some challenges as the topography dropped off dramatically and there was little room for significant additions. The solution was to use a scissor beam to convert an existing screen porch into a kitchen addition The beam was integrated into the kitchen design and the result was a family kitchen with an added mudroom and powder.
THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE FINAL KITCHEN
This large space was originally two rooms, a small back kitchen with a wood-burning fireplace for cooking and a more formal dining room. The Glynns wanted to keep the open, friendliness of the space but return to the original function of both cooking and eating in this room. However, instead of trying to mingle the formal look of the original dining room and the more rustic but functional look of the original kitchen (originally separated by a wall) they decided to style the space after elements from the kitchen alone.
But first, the 1994 kitchen needed to be removed.
DURING THE RENOVATION
This 30 second video below takes you from demolition to completion.
A 96 year old woman who moved to the street in 1924 told us that one block near VCU built by a single developer between 1924 and 1928 was the first block in the “west end” of Richmond (just blocks of Harrison and Cary) where African Americans were allowed to build new homes. The historic homes are only along the north side of the street because the south side was still pasture land for cattle. This head to toe renovation included new roofing, all new systems, and a replacement of the original lead water lines. Original hardwood was preserved upstairs while a highly patterned maple was included on the first floor where rotted floor joists required the replacement of flooring. This project is now home to some of the luckiest renters in the VCU area.
This majestic Georgian three story sits on a double lot that makes it feel like it belongs more on Monument that a street a block off. A complete renovation included a new kitchen, converting the original carriage house into a mudroom and powder, a new master bath, and a third floor office. It also included relocating an exterior streetlight to make room for a new automated gate intended to blend in like an original.