Project Spotlight: Renovation & Addition in Historic Arlington Home

Arlington, MA Historic Renovation Before
The best way to explain our renovation process is to share progress updates from a real-life project. Each month, we will provide a project update and photos from a whole house renovation of an historic home in Arlington. Alterations to the 1850 home have received approvals from the Arlington Historic District Commission and we anticipate breaking ground this month.

Project At-A-Glance: October 2013

Arlington home renovation before

  • Removing a one-story kitchen and bath wing on the back of the house
  • Rebuilding the wing with a new, full-basement foundation (for a future exercise room) and two-story addition featuring the kitchen, a ¾ bath, laundry room and mudroom on the first floor and master bedroom suite on the second floor
  • Opening up the existing dining room in the main portion of the house to provide a more modern layout for the kitchen/dining area
  • Renovating the main bath on the second floor
  • Reconfiguring the existing bedrooms to add a full stairway to the third floor


Unique Challenges

  • The house is on the Arlington Historic District Register, which means that changes – particularly to the exterior – are limited
  • The existing chimney must be visible from the street but it will not be used by the two new high efficiency HVAC systems that we are installing
  • We will solve the problem by supporting the chimney at the third floor level but removing it from the floors below

Schedule & Project Team

  • Demolition of existing one-story wing and beginning excavation for new addition on 10/15/13
  • Estimated project completion 3/31/2014
  • Construction- Morse Constructions
  • Design – Morse Constructions with Lisa Wasserman Sivan
  • Civil Engineering -- Sami Kassis


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