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Residential Entry Remodel - Fairfield County, Connecticut

William Leavy Architecture, PLLC

Posted: June 16, 2022 | Projects

After finishing the major remodel/makeover of their home, the owners, Jenn & Andy, felt that the existing front entrance to the house needed an upgrade to complement the new addition.

Photograph courtesy of WL Architecture

  • The entry, which had been renovated once in 70 years, was a combination of an exterior door and a vestibule which had seen the effects of time and the challenging weather.
  • The concrete stairs had been repaired several times and the freeze/thaw cycle was constantly showing its effects.
  • The wrought iron railings were becoming a safety hazard, and the stair risers were never up to code.

The architect, Bill Leavy, decided that a complete teardown was needed, which included a new foundation for the masonry stairs. For the design, he kept true to the traditional, so keeping with the New England neighborhood was in order.

In the interior of the home, the team demolished the small coat closet and found a novel approach melding the new hardwood floors with the existing refinished living room floors by using a herringbone design to offset and help create an "entryway" of sorts.

On the exterior of the home, only the most durable materials were used. All weather-exposed components were man-made (with the exception of the bluestone pavers and stairs) and came with warrantees for resistance to the elements.

The new portico was framed conventionally (with framing lumber) but from that point on only weather-resistant materials were used. The railing and trim were made of Azek in traditional New England aesthetic.

William Leavy Architecture, PLLC
101 Millard Street, Fairfield, CT 06824

Date Bid: Jun 2020
Construction Period: Sep 2020 to Jun 2021
Site: .75 acre.
Building Height: First floor, 8'; Total, 8'.
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation
Foundation: Masonry.
Exterior Walls: Wood.
Roof: Asphalt shingle.
Floors: Concrete.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the May/June 2022 issue of DCD