Back to Its Roots This face-lift was part of a larger remodel and addition on a circa-1924 farmhouse in Edina, Minnesota. The aim of the project was to restore the simple details, which had been wiped away by a remodel in the 1970s. Sylvestre Construction, based in Minneapolis, wrapped the first story with a sunroom and added a covered entryway. The new hip roof, which has a 5-in-12 pitch, matches the original roofline and blends the addition into the existing structure. Sylvestre also relied on texture and color to unite old and new. The addition is sided in clear redwood applied horizontally. But for cost reasons, the owners didn't want to reface the entire building. Instead, both the new siding and the existing rough-sawn vertical cedar were painted the same shade of red. Because casement windows didn't exist when this farmhouse was built back in the 1920s, all the casements were replaced with vertical-muntin, double-hung units. "Don't go half-way," Sylvestre says about this type of remodel. "Missing details will compromise the overall look." For example, the new wood screens and storms resemble what might have existed earlier and present an opportunity to add another trim color to the house. Other details that help integrate the addition are the wide window trim and the sidelights added to the existing front door. Railings for the new front entryway are made of construction-grade cedar, while construction-grade cedar was used for the decking and pressure-treated lumber was used for framing members that contact the soil. To cut costs, Sylvestre used an engineered-wood product ? Prime-Trim from Georgia-Pacific ? for the details, including the pillars on the new covered entry and the fascia, corner boards and trim applied to the entire house.
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