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Project Description

Historic Dilworth Restoration & Addition
Historic Charlotte, Inc. 2010 Preservation Award Historic Residential Infill

Built circa 1924, the simple side-gable bungalow of brick and stucco was a handsome house of 1680 SF. It had a small basement and a large walk-up attic. The house is a contributing structure to the National Register District of Dilworth.

As a State Historic Preservation Office tax credit project, the priority was to maintain the house appearance as seen from the street. It was an arduous task to expand the heated square footage from 1680 to over 4200 on three levels. First, the addition roofline was configured with opposing gables and sheds to the rear that were no higher than the original cross gable. Second, an octagonal bay was added on the right rear of the house to expand the rear bay footprint.

The renovation scheme included a rear bay addition with two-story porch and a complete second floor. The front formal rooms were maintained and restored for historical purposes, but the original rear three bedrooms were completely transformed for family living space and outdoor connections. A new stairwell was relocated to the central core of the house for efficient circulation. It also serves to define and separate the different family living space zones, which consist of an open kitchen, breakfast, mudroom, study and guest bedroom. The open family living space with multiple French doors accesses an inviting outdoor kitchen and casual dining area.

The new upstairs consists of a spacious, vaulted ceiling master suite with large bath. Both adjoin a full width screen porch. The front bedrooms are separated by the central “stair hall” and “Jack & Jill” bath. A laundry is also located upstairs.

In the preservation scheme, aluminum fluted Doric columns and colonial added wood trim and the half front screen porch and broken tile were removed and restored to an approved historic compatible porch. Glass pane French doors were salvaged from the attic for reinstallation at the dining room. Hardware including knobs and hinges were refurbished and matched. Oak flooring was salvaged and matched. Omitted window locations at new kitchen were identified by recessing the in-filled brick.

Passing by on the street the effects of the restoration are intentionally subtle. The new railing at the front porch, the new concrete sidewalk curving around the mature front yard tree rather than cutting into the growing tree roots, the extension of the driveway and a little more visibility of the rear detached garage, comprise the major visual changes.

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Historic Charlotte, Inc.
2010 Preservation Award
Historic Residential Infill

Before After

Front before


Front after

Rear elevation before


Rear elevation after

Kitchen before

Kitchen & family room after

Living room with refurbished doors found in attic

Master suite

New master bath up

Porch off master suite up

Guest bath

Outdoor living center

Original master bath became guest bath down

Hardware to be refurbished & reinstalled

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