Project Update: Arlington MA Historic Home Renovation & Addition

This is the second installment in our monthly chronicle of a major historic home renovation and addition project in Arlington, MA. The first installment laid out the scope of the project. If you missed it, you can read it here.

The construction phase of the project began with demolition of the existing one-story addition and deck.

demolition before building addition

old addition demolition

At the same time, we’ve virtually gutted the entire interior of the home, retaining the exterior walls, most of the upstairs floors and some original woodwork. The old heating system has been entirely removed and will be replaced with a high-efficiency alternative.

remodeling historic MA home


We were delighted to find that the 1850 home features post-and-beam construction, which means that force is on the outside walls. This gave us greater flexibility to open up or eliminate interior walls without adding costly additional structural support.



Since the home is on the Arlington Historic Register, exterior changes are limited. The homeowner needs to retain a chimney in its original location, despite the fact that it will no longer be used by the new HVAC systems. Originally, we were going to support the chimney at the third floor level, but eliminate it from the floors below. Instead, we are eliminating the chimney in its entirety and replacing it with a wood and brick veneer substitute that is aesthetically identical, but non-functioning. This solution eliminates the need for chimney support on the third floor.

When completed, the renovation will retain the historic character of the home while opening up the floor plan for living spaces that are more suited to modern lifestyles. The home will feature:

First Floor

  • Spacious open kitchen and dining area
  • Living room
  • Rear hall with 3/4 bath, laundry area, closets and basement access
  • Front porch and reconfigured hallways

Second Floor

  • New master bedroom suite with master bath
  • Two bedrooms with bath
  • Sitting room
  • Reconfigured hallways and new stairway to the attic

Full Basement and Attic
The full basement will be the future home of an exercise room.


Stay tuned for future installments. Feel free to call us with any questions.

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