A design team undertakes a restoration job with the goal of historical accuracy.
The objective for this project in Bellingham, WA, was to stay true to the time period during which the 100-year-old house was built while increasing the livability and efficiency of the old Victorian. Historically appropriate hardware and doors were acquired from around the country and extensive measures were taken to preserve as much of the original wood floors, cabinetry, and trim as possible. Where preservation wasn’t possible, the finish materials were given an aged appearance to be in keeping with the rest of the house. In the kitchen and bathrooms, Deborah Todd Building Design Services stuck a nice balance between period-appropriate detailing such as hexagonal tile and leaded-glass transoms with modern appliances. The shell was air sealed and fitted with a vented rainscreen to increase energy efficiency and longevity, while new exterior claddings preserve the Victorian aesthetic. With careful attention paid to the relationship between natural light and finished surfaces, the once-dark kitchen was re-imagined into a cheerful space.
Builder: Bellingham Bay Builders
Designer: Deborah Todd – Building Design Services
Photographer: Radley Muller Photography
Location: Bellingham, WA