Adding Up
To create a graceful transition between the existing house and any new additions, Hollis and Jim turned to East Hampton architect Erica Broberg, who had done a sensitive restoration on their friend's historic home. To fill the couple's need for a master suite and extra bedrooms, Broberg developed a plan to expand the second story. She placed a master bedroom and bath above the living room wing, to be accessed through a bedroom in the original house that would be turned into a sitting room/home office. The other existing bedroom, which had its own bath, became their daughter's room. Above the family room wing, two more bedrooms with a shared bath were added—a good thing, since another daughter soon arrived. To balance the living room wing, Broberg extended the family room wing 6 feet to the side. This also added precious square footage to the downstairs space for more built-ins and seating.

Broberg's goal was to keep the original facade distinct and make the additions look like they had always been there. To that end, the renovated two-story wings were kept stepped back as well as down from the 1840 house. "You can clearly see what is the original house, which helps preserve its architectural lineage," says Broberg. "But it also meant that we had to really shoehorn in the new bedrooms so that they fit beneath the lower roofline." To keep the visual focus on the old part of the house, she gave the additions less exterior detail, with smaller windows. "In working with period architecture, what's important is not necessarily to match the overall size of the windows," she says, "but to make sure the muntin and mullion patterns are the same, as well as the size of the individual panes."

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