Addition and Rec Room

Dormers bring in sunlight, enhance home's architectural integrity

December 31, 2003


For this third project in The Sullivan Co.'s series of renovations on this home, previous work had to remain in pristine condition. To add dormers and remodel the third floor, the company had scaffolding and a power lift built onto the back of the home and made other areas inaccessible. Having these serve as the sole vehicles for transporting workers and materials to the thirdfloor space left the house clean and unharmed.
Company: The Sullivan Co., Newton, Mass.

Project location: Wellesley, Mass.

Age of home: 91 years

Scope of work: addition to a renovated third storyr

This eight-month project involved adding two dormers to this home's third floor. Together, they were designed to bring more light into what would be a recreational area for the homeowners.

The Sullivan Co. added a gabled dormer with a walk-out balcony. To its left, the remodeler opened the slate roof and created an eyebrow dormer. The gabled dormer required a new, steel-fabricated ridge beam in the home's peak. To bring in the beam, workers punched a hole into the gable wall of the solid-masonry home. Using a rented crane, they hoisted the beam through the hole and slid it from one end to the other. Then they jacked the 35-foot-long beam into place.

The Sullivan Co. gutted and reconfigured the two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the third floor. Window seats help make the eyebrow dormer a focal point of the remaining bedroom's interior. The floors are made of remilled pine purchased as well as reclaimed from the home during earlier Sullivan projects. Hand-carved newel-posts adorn the stairs to the renovated third floor.

The $536,486 project gave the homeowners an exercise area, a balcony that capitalizes on the views afforded by the property's position on the edge of a hill, and an additional bed and private bath for overnight guests. This project garnered The Sullivan Co. a 2003 Chrysalis Award for best room remodel.


Windows: Pella (custom)

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