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This Old House Starts the Seaside Victorian Cottage Project

Follow the renovation of a deteriorating Queen Ann Victorian. Working with the Historic Commission, the crew restores the original house’s exterior and replicates architectural details on an addition. Check your local PBS listings.

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Known mainly as a beach town, Narragansett was originally a shipbuilding, mill, and farming community. In the latter half of the 19th century it became a famed summer resort, attracting those who desired a seaside holiday.

This modest three-bedroom, one-bath Queen Anne victorian is on a corner lot in the heart of the desirable Narragansett Pier neighborhood, just steps from the white sands of the beach. It is in severely poor condition with rot, deterioration, and structural damage. New homeowners Michael and Kassianne have opted to restore it and work within the Historic Commission guidelines to preserve as much as they can.

With Jeff Sweenor and his crew, they have a design that will replicate the exterior architectural details such as the curved shingles and the “rising sun” patterned clapboards, preserve all the windows, improve the foundation and footings, fix and expand the deteriorating porch, and replace the rotting roof. A new addition that includes a two-car garage and mudroom on the first floor and a master suite on the second floor will match the existing structure without overpowering it.