Ted Whitten, Architect & Writer
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Dutch Colonial Addition and Renovation

New Haven, Connecticut (2015-2016)

The owners of this house in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, near the Yale Bowl, needed a third bathroom for their five-bedroom house. The four bedrooms on the second floor shared a single small bathroom, and when their college-aged children came home for holidays, morning traffic jams at the shower were routine. A leaky one-story guest room needed repair, so we extended it and added a second story with a bathroom and sunroom, making a proper master bedroom suite and taking the heat off the old bathroom.

View from west

Before and after

Master suite plan

View from the bedroom through the bathroom to the sunroom

Views of the walk-in shower from east and west

The vanity, suspended from a wall of cedar boards

The sunroom, looking south

On small projects, the details are essential. The moments where old meets new must be resolved carefully, and the smallest change in dimension can affect the entire composition. This is especially challenging when the project is an older, existing house. Old floors and walls are not often level and plumb, and mixing them with new materials requires smart planning and skilled execution.

The baseboards, shower tiling, and flooring were carefully resolved

The juxtaposition of new and old: the contemporary bathroom meets the existing 1930's house