centenarian renewal


What do you do when your Victorian-influenced home hits 100 and you need more space? If you’re this family with two young children, you call on Morrissey Builders to create two new additions and a fresh exterior, while keeping the original character.


the addition

Morrissey Builders designed an addition with a rear entry leading to a mud room and half bath. The plan was to add much needed buffer space for the family entrance to the main level, yet retain the classic facade with its narrow profile to the street and maintain plenty of yard space for the children to play.

comfort and convenience

The second addition expanded the home’s second story sleeping quarters. Here the goal was to provide parents with a comfortable space of their own, while adding the convenience of a laundry room close to the bedrooms.

renovating a retreat

The two front bedrooms and bath were left alone, while the rear bedroom was redefined to become a laundry room, walk-in closet, and hallway to the new owners suite. The new bedroom and bath were finished with a rich maple floor, creating a warm and comfortable retreat for mom and dad. To complete the interior renovation, Morrissey Builders finished the basement with a delightful rec room.

blending the old with the new

Throughout the new spaces, great care was taken to match new materials with old. Charming wide baseboards, casings, doors and wood flooring were selected to feel as if they were part of the original structure. Matching new to old presented another problem in that during the past century the home had settled and was now about two inches out of level.

exterior upgrade

Outside demanded special care too. The old limestone foundation needed underpinning and support. HardiPlank® siding in a traditional colors replaced the asbestos covered clapboards, replicating the look of the original, but not the maintenance-factor. Wide trimboards with fresh paint, and a renewed front porch completed the face-lift for this elegant beauty.