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Name: Gilson Residence
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Brief Description:This project is a major remodel of a 1940’s small brick Colonial house that had suffered from previous unsuccessful additions. The Owners were opposed to a complete tear-down of the existing home to meet the needs of their fast growing young family. Having lived abroad for sometime, the Owners had come to appreciate re-purposing older structures to fit modern day needs. Ponte Mellor Architects took the original structure and gutted outdated systems and poorly planned additions to salvage the “soul” and “bones” of the original solid structure. To meet the program of needs, a substantial addition was designed which wraps the rear and side of the original home using appropriate materials and consistent details so that there is a blending of the old and the new. A new modern kitchen, family room and master suite was added. These new spaces are organized around which brings the main circulation zone of the home towards the rear where most of the family activities occur. The front rooms facing the street were saved for the public and formal zones of the home. The Owners requested that specific details from their time spent overseas be reflected in the décor details of the home where appropriate. The homes’ fireplace design, stair detailing and master bathroom design recall such features and details.