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About the Cape Ann Project

Reclaiming history in this shingle-style house by the sea.

Cape Anne project Michael Svirsky

This shingle-style house in Manchester, Massachusetts was built in 1891. Putting the history back into this turn-of-the-century beauty, homeowners John and Molly plan to strip away the 1970s carpet, cracking balusters, and doors to nowhere and reclaim the history of this rambling Shingle-style home.

Homeowners: Molly and John and their young daughter

General Contractor: Silva Brothers Construction

Location: Manchester, MA

Scope: John and Molly bought this home a year ago, after deciding they were ready to move out of the city. They love the historical details but dream of giving the house a “face-lift,” both inside and out, to remove some bad modifications from the 1970s and make it more comfortable for a modern family. Currently, the house is 4,628 square feet.

They plan to remove the existing garage. It’s barely functional and provides no access to the house. A new garage will connect to the house through a much-needed mudroom. They’ll also replace the existing porch with a new bumpout to allow for a brand-new kitchen and eating area. Upstairs, the bedrooms will get their own bathrooms. AC will be added throughout and the landscape will be updated to provide their daughter with a space to play.

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