urban residence i

1910 Home Links Indoors and Out

Project At a Glance

Urban Residence I
New Haven, CT
Residential Renovation and Addition
Project Team:

General Contractor: Elmer Manley Contractor

Landscape Design: Pirie Associates

Structural Engineer: Edward Stanley Engineers

Photographer: Erik Freeland

Year Completed:


This classic house, constructed in 1910, was well-suited to an early twentieth century lifestyle. However, the current residents wanted to renovate and add to this gem to accommodate their large twenty first century family while maintaining its inherent charm and quality of construction.

The client’s goals for the project:
Update the family living spaces and kitchen to be the hub of the home.
Create a “pavilion in the park” addition that merges indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Improve the energy efficiency of the home, including alternative energy sources.

The architect’s solution:
Reorganizes the home to create a multi-use family space that includes the dining area, media area, kitchen and porch while maintaining the original, formal living rooms.
Details the new family space so that the interior artwork and exterior garden weave together to form a strong indoor outdoor connection.
Addresses thermal envelop including adapting existing windows to include insulated glass, new insulation, a high efficiency heating/cooling system and solar photovoltaic panels for on site electricity generation.