Classic Fairmount Home Restored
Overview: The home is situated in the historic Fairmount section of Chatham and faces east, affording views of Manhattan. Its owners were committed to restoring the house to the grand feel of its 1890s origin and integrate modern-day functional features suitable for contemporary living.
Challenge: A bad 1970s renovation had failed to preserve the homes historical integrity, leaving it with a stucco exterior that replaced the original clapboard shingles and an inadequate underground garage. Siegel Architects was tasked with correcting the flaws of this renovation by returning the home to its historic integrity and aligning it with the aura of its historical Fairmount setting.
Solution: The full renovation involved removal of the stucco exterior and replacement of all windows. The home’s slate roof was swapped out and flat True Green clay tiles were put in place. All railings at the home’s rear and front were changed to coordinate and embellish the flat-tiled roof and maintain the home’s second floor windows.
The renovation also included a complete basement and the addition of an attached two-car garage which is set back from the original home to give the appearance of an original carriage house. The height of the roof of the garage ensured that it was not dwarfed by the main house, thereby justifying its scale, and enabled the housing of a second-floor home office off the master bedroom suite. A regrading of the previous driveway enhanced the front entrance and allowed adequate access to the garage.
This home won the historic preservation award.