lubbock st. house - renovations & additions
Originally built in 1895 and located in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District, the owners desired to update and enlarge their house to accommodate a growing family. The program envisioned a second story addition to the existing house to provide new bedrooms and children's activity area, but to comply with the historic preservation guidelines, Sherry Tseng Hill Architects developed a design that connected a stylistically sympathetic 2-story addition to the original house that also clearly maintained the integrity of the original house's footprint and character. This addition flows smoothly and sensibly within the circulation and layout of the existing house so that it does not feel like an 'addition'.
The design is carefully respectful of the house's original style and detail, with existing doors, windows, wood trims, flooring, and overall spaces repaired and refurbished. New windows and doors for the addition were designed to be compatible in style with the original. On the first floor, a few key walls were removed in order to open up the Living, Dining and Kitchen areas to accommodate the owner's modern lifestyle, while leaving the general floor plan intact.
To further bring this house into the 21st century, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems are all new and substantial insulation has been implemented throughout the house to significantly improve energy conservation performance. Altogether, this jewel of 19th century housing has been given new life for the new century.