Special care needs to be taken when dealing with historic structures. Most people want to preserve the integrity of these features while updating the functionality and amenities. This ’20’s landmark home in Memphis, in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the South, includes an exterior renovation and interior alterations compatible with the significant value of the home’s original features. Some details include replacing the tile roof and updating the front stoop entry cover. With a tasteful reinterpretation of the past, historical details were inclusive. Small additions such as a gas lantern were added to achieve the charm with modern living. This sensitivity to the value of the existing building carries through to the interior. Here, respect to original architectural details coincides with a fresh approach to material finishes.
When reinterpreting a historic home, trim work and original details can be uncovered and reinvented with contemporary add-ons. In this home, layers of paint were stripped off to allow for repainting. The large windows and multiple door openings allow for good traffic flow when entertaining. Spaces were borrowed and relocated in the kitchen area to add efficient use of appliances. With space being at a premium, an innovative custom design creates extra counter space by the covering of a radiator. Modern green materials are integrated, and a monochromatic color palette help to give the illusion of expansion while unifying the space.
In planning this home, the interiors were thoughtfully reimagined without forfeiting the characteristics and charm from the original. Thus, our specialized architectural and design guidance can achieve beauty along with modern amenities.