PROJECT NAME: The Hubbard House
PROJECT TYPE: Renovation, Multi-Family Residential
PROJECT CONTEXT: The project is located on Broad Street, west of the historic Guilford Green. The existing building was a c.1717 five bay colonial which had been extensively renovated in the 1940's into six efficiency apartments.
PROJECT LOCATION: Guilford, CT.
PROJECT COMPLETION: Fall 1996.
PROJECT PROGRAM: The client wished to upgrade 7500 square feet of existing apartments into five luxury units while retaining the single family feel of the surrounding neighborhood.
DESIGN SOLUTION: The units were set into the historic building, respecting the structure and scale of the original single family home. The original colonial was divided into three units and an early 1800's wing was used for the two remaining the units. The first floor of the original house became a single unit, returning the parlor, living room and the keeping room to their original dimensions and use. The rear lean-to additions, which held less historic value, became home to the more intense needs such as the kitchen and baths. Much the same attitude was taken on the second and third floor units. The original front rooms were returned to their original proportions and used for the main living spaces of the units. The new kitchens and baths were set to the rear of the building and the third floor spaces, previously unused, were claimed for bedrooms.
MATERIALS: In an effort to save money for the client, and to keep the majority of the original materials within the building, an extreme effort was made to reuse materials salvaged from the renovation. Doors were striped of paint and rehung in new frames. Existing subflooring was pulled up and relaid over new plywood as finished floor. Replaced structural members were remilled into handrails, countertop edging and thresholds. Removed plank walls were remilled into stair treads and built-in countertops.
EXECUTION: In an effort to maximize control over the construction process and take advantage of the design opportunities which would present themselves during the renovation, we chose do much of the construction ourselves, bringing in sub contracted labor for the electrical and plumbing work as required. This alternative process allowed for the historic home to have a voice in the renovation by providing clues in materials and structural layout. The end result has a narrative quality, which feels as though the detail and layout has evolved over time.
PROJECT COST: The project cost was approximately $80 per square foot.
|Russell Campaigne, AIA
Mary Jo Kestner, AIA
|Guilford Restoration Group
53 Broad Street
Guilford, CT 06437