Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cape Cod Remodel - Before and After

Before. An unimpressive cape cod home in a great location.

After. It pays to hire a great architect.
This house is near me on one of my favorite streets. I can hardly believe my eyes when I look at this transformation. Isn't it wonderful? Arturo Palumbo Architecture
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tammy j said...

yes. it is very beautiful!
and no doubt inside it's more spacious and lovely.
but i can't help loving the before more. there is a charm there that i think was lost.
so . . . nope.
i vote the before that i like better!
the big tree. the brick walk.
the little screened in breezeway porch. all lost.
maybe had they simply put on new siding! LOL.

tammy j said...

oh. whew!
upon closer look at the perspective ... i see they left the wonderful huge tree. yay!

JudyMac said...

Obviously this little jewel had "bones" worth saving and improving upon. Lovely.

Karen in VA (was CT) said...

What a remodel indeed .. it must have cost more than the house ... it's darling ... but I would miss the breezeway too ... my grandparents had one and it's so nostalgic for me.

White Lace and Promises said...

I kinda like the before, the natural original makes it feel like a cottage.

:) Bonnie

Karen said...

I confess, the second house is spectacular, but the "before" is pretty darn cute to me.

Anonymous said...

In agreement here with TammyJ that the "unimpressive Cape Cod" has more soul than the Houseplans-R-Us anonymized redo, especially given the inability of the redo architects/specifiers to unify their new square glass panes with their new rectangular glass panes. Further, the front door overhang greatly improves design, but the middle dormer hanging/intruding/ruining the entry below negates any positive measures.

Anonymous said...

The original house had its charms, to be sure, but I love the remodel. It's impressive. I love that style of architecture. Can't help but wonder what the tipping point is for investing in a remodel, especially such a substantial one. At what point would you say instead, I'll take the location, and demolish and rebuild. Or, I'll look for another house that I don't need to invest so much in.
I'm wondering because my brothers and I are at odds over whether a potential buyer for our mother's house would buy the house only to demolish and rebuild. I say no, it's perfectly good house, and if a buyer wanted more, they'd buy some other house. Actually, my SIL had a developer drop by and offer to buy her house whenever she wanted to sell. We presume to rebuild. Her street has a bizarre range of houses, so it makes sense to rebuild to the standards of the high-end houses, but my mother's neighborhood is much more evenly developed. Just wondering.

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Anonymous said...

Gosh... The remodel makes a really pretty abode. I too am saddened by the loss of authenticity and charm from the original. Poor breezeway.... : (

Anonymous said...

The above posters are craaaaazy! The remodel is AMAZING. The old house has no charm at all - it looks sad and dilapidated and the breezeway looks ugly. The new one is gorgeous. Perfection.

Victoria said...

Wonderful transformation the original was looking gracious yet tired. I am sure the owners wanted to not only add square feet but improved flow and function. But as we know "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I see a charming home that will now be around for several more generations to enjoy other's opinions may differ.