McLean Street Addition + Renovation

Three years before breaking ground, our Clients brought us to see their charming old house in Princeton’s John Street neighborhood. It needed a complete updating of all its systems (plumbing, heating, electrical), new siding and roofing but also a rearrangement of it’s living and cooking spaces. Over the course of several winters, as the Clients saved for the construction and chose fixtures and finishes, we debated several reconfigurations before settling on a small “tower” addition which houses the kitchen on the first floor, a laundry and master bath on the second, and a loft on the top floor with sweeping views of the neighborhood. 

In addition to our design services we were specifically brought on to find and reuse materials in the renovation. Salvaged doors, school chalk boards, deck and porch railings, gymnasium bleachers (now repurposed as flooring) as well as reclaimed lumber all found their place in the house and each has a story. Our favorite is the flooring that became the master bathroom wall paneling and bedroom ceiling. The local animal shelter was moving locations and their old building was slated for demolition. They offered us their attic flooring, which was of the same vintage as our project. Within forty-eight hours we had pried up, cleaned and reinstalled the material less than two miles away.