An artist and his wife fell in love with this West Village
wood-frame house, with its sloping floors and 1820's charm, but the house had
been structurally weakened by repeated renovations and additions. Our priority
was to strengthen it and build in the potential for additional rooms in the back
of the house, which might include raising the roof at a future date.
required much stronger supporting walls than the house had, so everything inside
the house was opened back to the original exterior: all the plaster and lath was
removed, most of the existing wooden supports were replaced, new steel I-beams
were installed, existing roof beams and joists were replaced or reinforced, and
the fireplace was fully rebuilt. Sheet rock, plaster and traditional moldings
were then put back and finished in such a way that the house appeared to never
have been renovated, and character was restored by deliberately incorporating
irregularities in the floors, walls and ceilings. While the house was in its dismantled
state we also replaced all the plumbing and electrical, and rebuilt the 3 bathrooms.
ARCHITECTURL DESIGN: Prosper Devas
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION: Richard Baronio &