This classic colonial located in the Kittery, Maine Foreside neighborhood has officially been “loved back to life”.
When I walked on this job site in the January ’18, the contractor was literally pulling the house back together by threading a steel rod and tightening it a bit every day. Post-demolition, it was discovered that not only was there a serious fire in the house years back, but the walls were literally falling off the foundation. An addition off the back of the house that was falling down had already been removed.
Kittery, Maine is the oldest town in Maine, home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and has a lot of history to it – and so does this house. During the war, the house was a boarding house for those working on the Shipyard and in the 50’s it was a duplex with shared doors. For the first-time homeowners, the amount of work that had to be done was more than a surprise, but they took it as an opportunity to create exactly what they wanted.
We rebuilt the back addition of 14’ x 28’ and added a second floor. The first-floor functions as a mudroom, powder room, pantry and kitchen with a large island while the second-floor functions as the kid’s bath and master bath. The roofline provided a space for the hvac system to reside.
The rest of the house laid out easily with a large dining room and living room divided by the staircase and the master bedroom on one side of the stairs and two bedrooms on the other. The third-floor was divided in two as well with two new shed dormers added for sweet views of the Memorial Bridge linking New Hampshire to Maine for another bedroom and sitting area.
A new 24 x 24’ garage was replaced the old cinder block garage with room above it for an office or in-law apartment.
This house is truly classic and true. It was a ton of fun to work with these clients and see their dream become a reality.