Best Traditional Home 2018: Resurrecting a Greek Revival
After a devastating fire destroyed this mid-1800s home, the owners and architect teamed up to rebuild a classic.
Synopsis: The 2018 Best Traditional Home Award goes to Paul Hagman of RBF CoLab Architecture and Design for designing a house true to the original Greek-revival style that incorporates a floor plan better suited for modern living. After the original house was destroyed in a fire, the structural damage required a full rebuild. The architect reconsidered the floor plan to include modern conveniences by relocating the staircase to allow for better sightlines. Because the previous home had received multiple renovations and additions over the years, the architect gave the new design the appearance of having received additions over time. Energy efficiency was a top priority as well: the house was wrapped in 2 in. of rigid insulation, with raised-heel trusses used throughout to achieve higher attic R-values.
Years of extensive restoration performed by the owners of a mid-1800s Greek-revival house in the historic Village of Poland, Ohio, came to a tragic end…