Fall '06 TV Project House: 10 Promising Candidates
Twice a year, we scour cities for a deserving old house that needs the TV crew's attention. We're looking in the Boston area now, and here are some homes we particularly like.
Built in 1892, this Victorian has waited as owners Holly and Bill Clack saved up for a major rehab. The couple wants to stay largely within the existing footprint, reconfiguring some outdated and awkward spaces to gain a new kitchen, master suite, and home office on the third floor.
They plan a lot of work on items like wiring, insulation, roofs, and exterior repair and restoration.
This elegant brick townhouse is in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury. A first-time homeowner bought it from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Exterior renovation was done under the guidance of Historic Boston Inc., but the interior will be radically reconfigured to make it a two-family house.
The homeowner will live on the third and fourth floors (with an artist's loft in the attic) while she rents out the first and second floors as a unit. Period details like the house's paneled entryway, staircase, mantles, and double parlor doors will be restored as the spaces are reallocated and updated for 21st century living.
With Ludovici roof tiles and Tapestry brick on the outside, and glowing gumwood trim on the inside, this large 1906 Arts & Crafts house may have originally been used as a hunting lodge.
Like so many homes of its era, the house lacks an accessible garage, functional kitchen, and living room. In a renovation that's been planned for 13 years, the homeowners hope to build a period-sensitive addition that could nearly double the size of their house.
Set in a neighborhood that was one of Boston's last urban frontiers, this 1914 two-family house has Victorian influences and fourth-generation owners.
With few updates since the house was built almost 100 years ago, the house is in desperate need of wiring, plumbing, insulation, and two new kitchens and baths.
This 1907 bungalow is tucked in a neighborhood of towering two-stories. Plans call for four bedrooms on a new second floor, with expansion off the back for a larger, more modern kitchen and sunroom.
Homeowners Stephen and Kathy Kelly hope to preserve the spirit of the original with architecturally sensitive additions and Arts & Crafts detailing.
This lovely Victorian sits high on a hill awaiting renovation. The homeowners want to update the wiring (which cuts out intermittently) and heating system (their fuel bills are through the roof).
And without expanding the building's footprint, they want a remodeled kitchen, mudroom, and powder room.
The second floor will become guest quarters for the extended family that lives with the homeowners eight months out of the year. The master suite will be tucked into the trees on the third floor.
Built in the late 1890s, this three-story Colonial Revival sits a few blocks from historic Lexington Center.
The dramatically sloped lot poses some renovation challenges for the homeowners who wish to connect the main house to the detached garage. This five-bedroom house will remain as such, with space reconfigured for a mudroom, dining room, kitchen, and expanded living room.
Hidden away in one of Boston's most congested and bustling suburbs, this surprisingly quaint English Cottage sits on a rare 1.7-acre lot.
Originally built for a minister's daughter back in 1907, this stately home features original hardware and lighting fixtures, nine fireplaces, and a billiards room.
The new homeowners would like to keep many of the original details, but require more comfortable (and functional) amenities such as updated wiring, plumbing, and heating; and a new kitchen, mudroom and master suite.
This Victorian, part of a national historic district, has been kept up cosmetically over the years, while a major renovation is planned.
An addition off the back of the house will require the relocation of a septic system, but will make room for an expanded eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, mudroom, back porch, and a new powder room. Upstairs, the homeowners have already renovated the kids' rooms, but not the master suite, yet.
This 1842 Gothic Revival cottage is plagued by bad additions and a botched attempt to turn it into a two-family home.
Now in the hands of capable weekend warriors Ken Rogers and Gina Yarbrough, the house will be restored under the guidance of the local Historic Board, and the awkward floor plan sorted out to meet the needs of this preservation-minded couple.
Their program calls for new baths, a new kitchen, and a master suite.