LEFT: The home’s garage sat in the middle of what is now a stunning pool and patio. A new garage was constructed closer to the street to create a protected area for backyard barbecues and relaxing. The garage’s stone veneer is salvaged Puddingstone, matching the rest of the house’s exterior. ABOVE: During the renovation the front door was completely restored to show the original wood color and carving details. And the rakeboard (trim just at the roof’s edge) was restored to reveal the unusual vine carvings. The backyard was a blank canvas that Greg Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design maximized, adding an elegant swimming pool with a spa, an outdoor fireplace and patio, and a built-in grilling station for entertaining al fresco. But, the front exterior of the house received subtle, significant upgrades that left the house’s footprint and its aged-patina siding virtually untouched. “The exterior is very much a time capsule,” says Sarah. “There are beautiful stained glass windows everywhere. Some were restored and others expanded with historically-correct details. Puddingstone on the façade of the new garage was matched to the existing stone on the house. The only living space square footage we added was a third-floor dormer at the back of the house.” As it has beautifully showcased in this home, S+H Construction specializes in restoring integrity to historic houses. Beginning the project in 2010 and completing it in about 18 months, S+H was recognized by the Cambridge Historical Commission for their outstanding work and was honored in the Commission’s Fifteenth Annual Preservation Program in May 2011.
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