As the Architectural Designer, I worked for over two years to bring this beautiful home to fruition.
It began as a quaint, tired little farmhouse on a double lot on the outskirts of Old Town Lafayette. Although not technically in the historic district, the building had ties to the Waneka family history and was loved for its innate charm.
As the permitting process moved forward, I met with a city planner to discuss the “spirit” of the plan. All parties agreed to restore the existing farmhouse, and to seamlessly connect it to the newly designed additions.
Due to major foundation issues and structural conditions, we were not able to keep much of the existing building; rather, we kept some of the bones and rebuilt it to the size and scale of the original dimensions. This involved pouring new concrete under and against the inadequate original foundation, as well as installing a new, level, true, first floor and loft within the shell.
Without a doubt, this type of remodeling is the most time consuming, costly, and intricate. A true test of the carpenter’s skill.