When the owners purchased this historic 5,000sf residence on Perry Street, the generous proportions of the 1850s structure were compromised by an awkward 1980s modernization that produced a long, narrow, low-ceilinged kitchen and dated bathrooms. This project retained the home’s original character and proportions, but increased its quality and functionality with contemporary renovations to the kitchen and baths.
The narrow footprint of the kitchen was enhanced by raising the ceiling height by three feet, and the replacement of a small, traditional bay window with a contemporary glass bay cantilevered into the courtyard helped to create a gracious, light-filled space. A new master suite occupies the entire second floor and comprises a bedroom, sitting room, office, and luxurious master bath, and a new roof terrace over the kitchen showcases a view of the redesigned courtyard. The garden level was converted into a media room with an adjoining kitchen and bath. The house reflects the owner’s taste and has a cohesive contemporary feel while maintaining its original historic shell.