The homeowners of a mid-century cape in Ipswich had two complaints: a lack space and an unsafe staircase to the second floor. But like all homeowners on Boston’s North Shore, they were also dedicated to preserving their home’s original charm. How do you expand a home, make it comfortable and improve its structure yet stay true to its original style when that style is 50 years old—or more?
WORKS started by reframing the existing second-story dormer in the rear and then building another dormer to match. Together, the two dormers created lots of extra space inside while keeping the outside architecturally consistent and esthetically pleasing.
Then the WORKS team reconfigured the second floor, to expand the master bedroom and master bath, as well as creating an additional bedroom. This reframed space received new spray foam insulation, new bathroom fixtures, wall-to-wall carpeting in the master bedroom and painting throughout. With the space issue resolved, the WORKS team turned to the structural issues revolving around the staircase to the second floor. We restored the oak stairs and replaced the existing, deteriorating handrail with a stronger and more beautiful mahogany handrail. Accessing the staircase from below, we were able to level the stairs and insert pocket screws into every step, which stopped their annoying squeaking and gave the staircase a safer, longer life.
WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis specializes in home restoration and renovation projects on the North Shore of Boston. Fully licensed by the state of Massachusetts (# CS 91245 and HIC # 178604), WORKS has been working for over a decade with homeowners, architects, and interior designers throughout the North Shore, including Amesbury, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Lynn, Lynnfield, Rowley, Marblehead, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham and West Newbury.
One of the oldest towns in the United States, founded in 1633, Ipswich, Massachusetts, nestles between the Ipswich River, Plum Island Sound and Willowdale State Forest. Amid its wildlife refuges, protected forests, farmland, marshes and dunes are some of the most beautiful contemporary and historic homes on the North Shore of Boston.