Best Exterior Makeover
Georgia-based architecture firm Historical Concepts brings back the original charm of a jewel box cottage by the water in Hobe Sound, Florida.
The House at a Glance
Architect: Historical Concepts, Peachtree City, Georgia; historicalconcepts.com
Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
Originally built: 1920s
Size: 3,200 square feet
Exterior: HardiePlank Lap Siding; jameshardie.com
Latticework and trim: Extruded aluminum, custom fabricated by Reich Metals, West Palm Beach, Florida; 561/585-3173
Roof: Pressure-treated pine shakes
Windows and doors: Custom, Palm City Millwork, Inc., Palm City, Florida; palmcitymillwork.com
Shutters: Custom aluminum, Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutter Corp., Stuart, Florida; gulfshutters.com
A previous renovation had confused the architecture of this 1920s Shingle-style cottage. Historical Concepts took it back to its stylistic roots, emphasizing the distinctive gambrel roofline. "I love the makeover concept of taking a house back to its origins," says Jennifer Kopf.
The potential for this home was evident before the renovation (as it appears at left). It had a great scale and was sited nicely with rear water views.
Assorted window styles and an underscale entry created a disjointed look. "The new design made simple, effective changes—a second entry, similar in size and detailing to the original, was added to balance the facade," says Betty Dowling. Then, new matching, equally spaced windows gave the exterior a more cohesive and pleasing look.
"The goal was to keep the home's jewel box scale," says architectural designer Terry Pylant of Historical Concepts. To keep the cottage's proportions in check, structural improvements (adding a living room, master suite, and mudroom) stayed close to the original footprint.
Low Maintenance Materials
"The main entrance should be an experience," says architectural designer Terry Pylant of Historical Concepts. A new portico frames the aligned front and back doors. Now, guests see straight through the home to the water.
New double-hung windows can be raised to let in sea breezes; likewise, the aluminum louvered shutters can be closed to protect the glass from storm-force winds.
Taking inspiration from the nearby historic Jupiter Island Club, Historical Concepts custom designed all of the home's aluminum Chippendale railings and trellises. Rather than using heavy millwork (typical of the Shingle style), they chose lacy railings and a wrap-around trellis to lighten up this cottage.
After removing a blocky 1980s addition from the rear, Historical Concepts built a new living room and master bedroom as a T-shaped addition off the back. Housed under a prominent gambrel roof that matches the original structure, the new space was designed to look like a porch that has evolved over time and been enclosed.