US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Trends Vol. 29/11 - Page 86

Top: Traditional leadlighting was retained, and replicated where necessary. Above: Pressed metal domed ceilings were fully restored – the decorative pressed metal in the entry hallway had been hidden behind a false ceiling. Above right, facing and following pages: Windows in the formal living room were replaced with versions incorporating the original leadlights. 84 ceilings of a villa, it also had the small windows and leadlights of a traditional bungalow.” But what the house did have was good bones. Peat says it was structurally sound, built of solid materials and on a prime site. “It was easy to see the potential, although it did not appear as though any work had been done to the house for 40-50 years.” Working with Scarlet Architects, Andlyn Industries project managed and built the renovation, which required extreme attention to detail and precision craftsmanship. The project not only reworked existing elements, including more renovations at the formal entry and the entire northeast facade, but also involved an expansion into the attic space and the basement. Aimer says one of the priorities for change was the height of the windows, which seemed out of proportion to the size of the gabled ends. “The windows were short, so they appeared rather stunted,” she s ays. “However, they did incorporate attractive leadlights at the top. The solution was to rebuild many of the windows, making them much taller, but we reinstated the original leadlights to the new windows, so the character remains.”