Qualified Remodeler Magazine

SEP 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Historic Restoration A n 1877 Victorian in a coastal resort com- munity had become dilapidated and over- run by bushes and trees. Ten came a new owner looking to convert it from an old, ramshackle summer home into a primary res- idence, ft for a modern family. Extensive research and extreme care went into the restoration. Davitt Design Build went so far as to set up a millwork shop on-site to replicate rotted trim, damaged moldings as well as shutters, baseboards, wain- scoting and exterior clapboards. Newell posts, railings and spindles with at least a dozen layers of paint were stripped, sanded and stained. Douglas fr foorboards were repaired, sanded and stained throughout. Amidst all of the millwork restoration was a subtle reconfgu- ration and modernization of plumbing, electri- cal, HVAC and lighting systems. A few interior walls, some load-bearing, were removed to create larger, more light-flled open spaces. Steel beams were added to redistribute those loads. Hurricane straps were added to the structure to bring it up to coastal code. And when it was all done, old blended with new quite seamlessly. Exterior colors for Idlewild's restoration were approved by a local historic commission. So too was the home's ex- terior woodwork. At the same time, a host of new conveniences were included — everything from heated toilet seats to a modern kitchen/ great room and an outdoor-living program that fts remarkably well with the massing of this historic gem. | GOLD DAVITT DESIGN BUILD, NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. davittdesignbuild.com Project name: Idlewild Location: Narragansett, R.I. Square footage: 3,600 SILVER Cummings Architects, Ipswich, Mass. cummingsarchitects.com 32 September 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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