Seven Months & Seven Days
A major undertaking completed with minimal stress
Southern New England Home Magazine 2010 | 2011
Even under ideal conditions, refurbishing a century-old home to replicate modern times, without sacrificing its character, would pose a daunting challenge. But toss in two months lost to permitting, the fickleness of New England winters and the myriad issues related to a house of that age, and Randy Gardner at Gardner Woodwrights Custom Home Building knew he was facing considerable obstacles in completing a project that involved nearly every inch of what would become a 7,200-square foot home. “We turned the house over in just seven months and seven days after we got the building permit,” said Gardner, owner of Gardner Woodwrights. “The pace of this job, the involvement with the client, the architect, the designer and the landscaper was all done in unison. It just went so smoothly.”
The project was a testament to teamwork, thanks to the efforts of Gardner, locally renowned architect Mark Hammer of Hammer Architects of Cambridge, MA, landscaper designer
Keith LeBlanc of Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture of Boston, Landscape Creations of Saunderstown, R.I., designer Bill Hulsman of WH Decor of West Palm Bech, Fla., and architectural hardware, including custom doorknobs, doors for the fireplace and fixtures for the cabinets, were provided by Brassworks of Providence. Approximately 2,000 square feet, including two wings, two balconies, a 12- by 13-foot screened porch and a 46- by 38-footL-shaped wraparound deck, was added to the Watch Hill, R.I. home, built around 1900. In addition, the kitchen and family room were expanded, while the basement was converted into living space that now features a pool room, wine cellar, exercise room, bathroom and a wet bar. Existing dormers were modified, the original chimney was brought down to the roof line and rebuilt, two upstairs bathrooms were added, cabinets and vanities were custom-fabricated at Gardner Woodwrights, and windows and doors were replaced.