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Latrobe Residence Addition

Latrobe Residence Addition













A large 1920’s brick farmhouse provided much-needed space for this family, except for a defunct kitchen too small for a single person. So expanding the kitchen and eating area became the impetus for this project. In addition, a first-floor laundry room, bathroom, and mudroom were also desired with a separate entrance. Lastly, the master bedroom, although spacious, must share a second-floor bathroom with everyone else on that floor. Therefore, a master bath was also a desire as part of this project. It is much to ask on a tight budget.

How to add onto a complete structure as this was a challenge, especially since the spatial relationships from the interior were dictated programmatically. Our insertion is on the back, drawing cues from the house’s features (dormers, roof details, etc.) instead of the overall massing. The intention was not to overwhelm the current presence of the house but to supplement it with additional features that would fit within the existing architecture. The project is clad in cement board clapboard siding to bring balance to the vast amount of brick as well as pick up on the character of the existing dormer windows on the back of the house.

Contractor: J.M. Builders
Structural Engineering Consultant: Morris Knowles and  Associates
Photographer: Skysight Photography


“I hired Mr. Calisti to design an addition for my 100-year-old residence. He had very creative solutions to problems and his work was impressive, to say the least. Every detail was well thought out. Lee developed a great relationship with our contractor and was always available to answer any questions that arose on the job site. I felt that Lee had a great knowledge base about the newest building concepts and was able to incorporate these ideas into the addition without affecting the original historic aspect of the house. I highly recommend Mr. Calisti to anyone looking to use architectural services.”