One of the most challenging projects we have undertaken was the demolition and rebuilding of the upper level of a gorgeously sited home in Glastonbury–to be followed immediately with a barn addition after also demolishing their unattractive garage. After completing the house project–the clients wisely decided to wait a year to finish off the interior and take a break from the intense construction chaos. With the break and maintaining a stairwell in the area where the two buildings are to attach–we somehow managed upon our return to get the vertical measurements wrong–with the result that all the posts were about 8″ too short….a mistake with serious implications. We also had three of us working on the design–creating some additional confusion–but our clients have shown us considerable grace in the midst of this and we have also made significant and creative efforts to rectify the consequential problems. We all knew that working with an existing structure would be a challenge–as well as the delay of almost two years–so facing a few more problems than usual was not a complete surprise.
On the other hand–the house is a jewel and has transformed their property–as will the now built from the ground up matching garage with rec room above. The property borders the east side of the CT river wetlands with beautiful sunsets over the marshes, and is far enough back from Main Street to be free of noise and commotion while maintaining a wonderful site view in both directions. Our clients have been committed and courageous indeed to tackle such an enormous project while living there…and we are thrilled to be a part of utterly transforming their home.
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