West Cedar Street Renovation

West Cedar St Renovation

This 1827 brick townhouse had seen few major changes over the years, so when the new owner was told that the rustic ground floor sitting room was original, it seemed plausible. When further investigation revealed the space to have been created in the 1950s, the owner was disappointed, but it opened up the opportunity to create a “new and improved” version of the rustic room. The floor was completely opened up to create large kitchen and living area, and a new large bay window to the garden added. The basement was excavated to create new support spaces (storage, laundry, mechanical), while the first floor, which retained much more historic fabric, was carefully modified to open the stairs and improve circulation. The butler’s pantry was totally redone and hall closets were added in a very complex double sided piece of cabinetry. On the second floor, a bedroom was taken over to allow a large master bath and closet, while the upper levels were largely cosmetic improvements to the bed and bathrooms. Significant stabilization work was required at the roof, stairs, and chimneys, and a new heating and cooling system was installed.
Catherine Truman was the Project Manager and Project Architect while at Ann Beha Architects.
Photographs by Joe St. Pierre