Expanding with Integrity

Dear Expert: We love our old house, but need more room. How do we add on with integrity?

A: As architects and interior designers, we know that expanding old houses is an exercise in discretion. We don’t design additions that scream, “Look at me!” We understand the language of old houses—their designs, proportions, space relationships, and materials used. So we begin by listening to the house and incorporating the rules of the existing building into our designs, whether addition or remodel. The new kitchen, mudroom, and laundry room speak the same language as the house, extending the living space and adding the amenities you want, but preserving the historic character you love.

—David Heide, owner/designer
David Heide Design Studio