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Project Description

Historic Dilworth Restoration & Addition
Historic Charlotte, Inc. 2010 Preservation Award Historic Residential Infill

Built circa 1924, the simple side-gable bungalow of brick and stucco was a handsome house of 1680 SF. It had a small basement and a large walk-up attic. The house is a contributing structure to the National Register District of Dilworth.

As a State Historic Preservation Office tax credit project, the priority was to maintain the house appearance as seen from the street. It was an arduous task to expand the heated square footage from 1680 to over 4200 on three levels. First, the addition roofline was configured with opposing gables and sheds to the rear that were no higher than the original cross gable. Second, an octagonal bay was added on the right rear of the house to expand the rear bay footprint.

The renovation scheme included a rear bay addition with two-story porch and a complete second floor. The front formal rooms were maintained and restored for historical purposes, but the original rear three bedrooms were completely transformed for family living space and outdoor connections. A new stairwell was relocated to the central core of the house for efficient circulation. It also serves to define and separate the different family living space zones, which consist of an open kitchen, breakfast, mudroom, study and guest bedroom. The open family living space with multiple French doors accesses an inviting outdoor kitchen and casual dining area.

The new upstairs consists of a spacious, vaulted ceiling master suite with large bath. Both adjoin a full width screen porch. The front bedrooms are separated by the central “stair hall” and “Jack & Jill” bath. A laundry is also located upstairs.

In the preservation scheme, aluminum fluted Doric columns and colonial added wood trim and the half front screen porch and broken tile were removed and restored to an approved historic compatible porch. Glass pane French doors were salvaged from the attic for reinstallation at the dining room. Hardware including knobs and hinges were refurbished and matched. Oak flooring was salvaged and matched. Omitted window locations at new kitchen were identified by recessing the in-filled brick.

Passing by on the street the effects of the restoration are intentionally subtle. The new railing at the front porch, the new concrete sidewalk curving around the mature front yard tree rather than cutting into the growing tree roots, the extension of the driveway and a little more visibility of the rear detached garage, comprise the major visual changes.


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Historic Charlotte, Inc.
2010 Preservation Award
Historic Residential Infill

Before After


Front before

 


Front after

Rear elevation before
 

 


Rear elevation after


Kitchen before
 


Kitchen & family room after


Living room with refurbished doors found in attic


Master suite


New master bath up


Porch off master suite up


Guest bath


Outdoor living center


Original master bath became guest bath down
 

Hardware to be refurbished & reinstalled

 
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