Our clients purchased this 1940s home thinking the rundown property just needed a cosmetic makeover. As it turned out, the brick walls were damaged in places, the plumbing and wiring were outdated, there was no insulation in the walls, no air conditioning, and drafty single-pane windows. When our team saw it, they thought it looked haunted!

The family of five also wanted to modify the layout to create a large open kitchen with an adjacent mudroom, update all the bathrooms, and install a family room in the basement. The clients had an outline of a plan from a previous designer, but we had to significantly modify it and add repair work that we found during construction.

The family has three kids and both spouses have busy law careers. They entreated us to fully oversee the project and finish it as quickly as we could because they were closing on the sale of their previous home. We were able to complete the major renovation of 4,700 square feet in six months, accommodating the clients’ wishes. The clients now refer to this project as a “house rescue.”


We installed new railing, flooring, and French doors on the upstairs deck off the master bedroom deck. We installed a new garage door and siding on the garage gable and rear of the house