Back on the drawing board, plans were firmed up and now came the fun part of developing the facade of the house. We really like simple, modern, straight lines when it comes to the architecture and aesthetics of a house.
This final elevation really resonated with us and was our dream home right there on paper!
But then the Historic landmark commission weighed in… They did not want the home to have a modern vocabulary in the neighborhood as it did not match its architectural style. The association representative was up in arms about how we were about to destroy the look of the neighborhood!
Samadhi presented them and the historic landmark commission with a detailed comparison to show how incongruous our street was and that we could work together towards a more acceptable design.
A side note on the Historic Landmark Commission . They determine whether the house you purchase is a Historic Landmark or in a Local Historic District or in a National Register Historic District.
Both Historic Districts and National Registered Historic Districts are comprised of two types of properties: contributing and non-contributing.
A contributing status signifies that the house is integral to the character of the neighborhood. However, some of these houses being from the early 1900’s are in an extremely poor state and can be structurally unsafe. The historic landmark commission conducts a detailed survey and checks if the structure is of any historical and cultural significance.
As our home was contributing but not a historical landmark, we prepared a detailed report about the poor condition of the house and our proposal to build a single family home in its place.
Considering all aspects and other homes being built in the neighborhood, we finally got a demolition permit after 4 months of deliberation at their monthly meetings.
So finally, we modified the look of our home that was more in keeping with the neighborhood and it turned out pretty well.😅
Hope this helps. What’s your story?