Shingle Style House
Architect: CONARD ROMANO ARCHITECTS
Designer: MASSUCCO WARNER MILLER
Photos: AARON LEITZ
Schultz Miller worked with Conard Romano Architects and designers Massucco Warner Miller to realize the homeowners’ vision for a house with the comfort and amenities of a contemporary new home and the look and feel of a house that has stood for 100 years.
The classic look required miles of interior and exterior trim to be cut with custom profiles, flooring to be crafted from reclaimed wood from a Pennsylvania barn in Pennsylvania, and the installation of 100-year-old leaded glass doors, as well as new cabinet doors with fashioned with antique glass.
To achieve the gracefully curving stairs, we used bent timbers and real plaster, rather than drywall, under the curves. The interior construction had to be perfect, since imperfections would easily show on the semi-gloss wall surfaces and high-gloss trim.
The low stone walls surrounding the house are a blend of greyish, un-weathered Hardy Island granite from British Columbia and brownish, weathered Idaho White Tail granite. The stones are mortared to a concrete wall at the back for strength and durability, yet fitted together with tight joints to appear dry-laid. Likewise, the pergola over the waterfront patio has a traditional feel but is covered with glass, a nod to comfort (and our rainy climate).