This house is a little harder to place in architectural style. It has elements from a few different periods and some that seem made up. The front gable is of a proportion I haven’t seen before. It’s a little bit of dutch-farmhouse meets early gambrel. The gambrel breaks so high in the roofline, it reminds me of really old dutch buildings….like in the Netherlands. We’ll see what the trim details and the shadows tell us when strip the layer of asbestos shingles and then probably other layers that cover the original skin.
Update July 2015: We are getting close to finishing this one. The addition is built and plastered. The interior trim is almost finished and the baths/kitchens are getting installed. The winter was tough on all of us but we have great neighbors and the summer has been as good as the winter was bad. I’ll start posting pics in the next few weeks and we will probably be ready to sell by mid September. All three units will be roughly the same. 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and about 1300 sq ft. It will be a really nice place to live.
Our 2013-2014 project house is like an old friend. It’s a gigantic Builder’s Victorian Philly Split. This is the fourth one of this style house we’ve done and it’s our favorite layout and proportions. The people that live in the last three of these tell us they love them.
There are two units. Unit 1 is the whole first floor and one bedroom on the second. Six rooms with three bedrooms and two baths. 1150 sq ft.
Unit 2 is on the second and third floors. Eight rooms with four bedrooms, an office and two baths. 1700 sq ft.
Our 2012-2013 project house is a slight departure in architectural style for us. A Craftsman style house that’s not a bungalow but has all the signature Craftsman features combined with a more typical builder’s two family massing. It’s interesting and a nice change of pace to research what this house is about. The Craftsman style is very popular and very abused.
There are two units. Unit 1 is the whole first floor. Five rooms with two bedrooms and one & a half baths. 960 sq ft.
Unit 2 is on the second and third floors. Seven rooms with three bedrooms, an office and two baths. 1400 sq ft. The walk in closet in the master suite is 150 sq ft. The walk in shower is 5′ x 8′. The master bed room is 20′ x 15′. It’s a big master suite.
9 Joseph Street Units 1 & 2 ExteriorOur 2011-2012 project consists of 2 houses on the same property. We bought the property from one of the original long time owners. She was 91 and lived on the property when she was born. Her grandfather built the small house at the back of the property to house extended family. The family also owned the triple decker next door which explains the matching houses in the back that grandpa built.
The architecture is a combo of about three victorian periods. The rear house is the Italianate form from the first empire. The main exterior features are its flat roof, large overhang with a dentil frieze, and its simple mass. The front house has a form more typical of a Queen Ann shingle style. These were modest houses when built but the builders added some nice ornamentation that was in fashion at the time. We restored what survived and embellished a little where it would have been appropriate when built.
The main house has 2 units . Unit 1 is on the first floor and has 770 square feet. It has 4 rooms and 1 full bath. We restored all the existing woodwork and replicated the woodwork where new construction took place. The living room has a bay window that makes it nice and light, high ceilings, crown moulding and ceiling medallions. We restored original mantel and mirror top in the living room.