This home was originally built as a three-room saltbox in the late 1700s. It had a kitchen, a parlor and an upstairs bedroom. Folklore has it that during the Revolutionary War, the British came through the area and camped overnight in a hollow below the house. During the skirmish with the Wilton Militia, the British tried to burn the house down. Some of the beams in the basement looked like they were burned; there was definitely a fire in the house, and maybe the British started it.
The new owners of the home knew they wanted to preserve the exterior structure. All three stories of the interior, however, had fallen into disrepair. The home had been remodeled several times over its 200-plus years, leaving it with endless tiny and chopped up rooms. Most additions were added throughout the 19th century.
Titus Built was honored to have the opportunity to renovate such a historical home and has entered this project in the daily5Remodel contest.
The July contest on daily5REMODEL showcases beautiful renovations of homes at least 50 years old. Please view our project via the “featured on” button and vote. Voting is open until next Thursday, August 4, at 5 p.m. Votes for us are greatly appreciated.
The contest created many outstanding home renovation project entries. Here’s a snapshot of these projects: http://daily5remodel.com/index.php?action=snapshots
GREEK REVIVAL REBORN as STYLISH 1877 ITALIANATE A number of Westport’s prosperous Victorian-era fashionistas shed their “dated” Colonials or Greek Revivals by expanding and encasing them in new, Italianate facades and rooflines such as this 1840 Jesse Bradley house. Its current owners found the missing staircase, created an exposed brick bath by the central chimney, added a chic butler’s pantry, mudroom, bedroom and master bath, converted the lookout attic and cupola to fabulous work/play space and restored the barn/garage. Westport, CT Historical Society
At Titus Built, we have an appreciation for historical accuracy and our renovations, including additions, meld beautifully with the original design of the home. We understand how vital it is for the addition to look original. Therefore, we do our utmost to get it right the first time.
Through careful planning and executing, our additions are created to enhance the architecture; we place great emphasis on making all additions & renovations “blend in” so as to increase the value and beauty of your home.
“Jeff’s team did an outstanding job in a major interior/exterior renovation and addition to our 1840 nationally registered home. His high quality craftsmanship was recognized by the Westport Historical Society which gave his team a highly coveted Preservation Award. In addition to high quality work, Jeff was always professional, customer focused and reliable. We have used Titus Built, LLC for three major projects.” – Mark and Tricia Fagan
Titus Built’s renovation of the GREEK REVIVAL REBORN as STYLISH 1877 ITALIANATE will be one of 5 private homes that are featured in the 2010 Westport Historical Society 24th Annual Holiday House Tour on December 5th. Tickets are on sale thru the Society’s website. http://www.westporthistory.org/uncategorized/24th-annual-holiday-house-tour-soiree/