Saraceni House

Blueprints and other plans
Why we built the addition
Blueprints and other plans
Prep Work - late April/ early May, 2005
Demolition - May 9th, 2005
Excavation and footings - May 11 - 24
Foundation Walls 5/26 - 28
Framing 5/31 -6/23
Windows n' Such 6/24 - 7/13
Chimney, siding & interior paint 7/14 - 10/15
Completed Family & Dining Room
Completed Livingroom
Completed Master Bedroom & Bath
Completed Kitchen
some small rooms also completed
Wine Cellar
Backyard Pizza and Bread Oven
The REAL Saraceni House

For those of you who like to troll the web looking for a good set of schematics…  We are proud to present just what your kind likes to see - Now with zoning info!  Oh baby.


Here's the promised zoning info organized into columns: 

  • REQUIRED is, obviously, what the zoning board requires.
  • EXISTING  is how the property stacked up as of 04/05.
  • PROPOSED is where the property rates after the addition was constructed.

Due to the change proposed under the row listed as “Two Sides”, we needed a variance filed with the Zoning Board.  The process was an eye-opener.  We had to mail out about 50 certified letters (with return receipt requested) to every property owner with in the neighborhood to notify them of the variance request.  Our neighbors on both sides and across the street were kind enough to write letters of support, and we went to the meeting with our fingers crossed.  We were scheduled toward the end of an extraordinarily contentious meeting of the Zoning Board.  Several homeowners and builders who had run afoul of the town’s Architectural Review Board or building department were there trying to plead their case.  Despite strident arguments, and even legal representation, all were universally denied.  In one case, a guy from the Architectural Review Board actually showed up there at the Zoning Board’s meeting to speak against a builder who had really crossed him.    Ultimately, I think, all this worked to our benefit.  Everybody was pretty spent by the time they came to me, and with my letters of support, they granted the variance.


But the lesson of the day?  Don’t piss off the Architectural Review Board!


This is the First Floor before the addition

This is the 2nd Floor before the addition


This is the legend for the "After" blueprints (below).   After all the drama of the Zoning Board, the Architectural Review Board went well.  My architect was there to help smooth the process.  The board includes a few local architects, one of whom suggested putting a flat roof (!) on this Dutch Colonial house.  This proposal was met with stunned silence from everyone in the room - including the other board members – so he thankfully back-peddled and approved the plans as drawn up.  And here they are:     










New First Floor (new construction is shaded)

New 2nd Floor (new construction is shaded)

Here's the final survey. Click to see this bigger