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Ice/Water Damage Lead to Gut Remodel of Brookline Home: Part 1

There’s nothing worse than having your pipes freeze and, ultimately, burst. Or so we thought.  Unfortunately, for the homeowners we recently worked with in Brookline, MA, the burst pipes were on the second floor and went unnoticed for several days as the homeowners were spending time in their native China. The result: a full gut-renovation of the entire Tudor-style home.


Work on this home was completed by a team of experts including a great architect and an expert kitchen and bathroom designer working in concert with the Landmark remodeling team of carpenters and craftsmen. Added to that, early on in the process we started working with the Brookline Building Department to prevent unnecessary decision-making delays that could have been caused by structural concerns and multiple code-related issues.


The homeowner’s insurance, while paying for a large portion of the renovation, would only cover work done to “restore” the home to its previous condition. However, the homeowners saw this as a unique opportunity to remodel what had been a dark and very dated home. Today, the renovated entry way, which is now a full two-stories, welcomes you.

The dark, single-story entry was opened up into a light-filled, two-story foyer to welcomes guests.

The finished foyer includes a grand staircase and gleaming hardwood floors.

Support beams were added and walls removed on the main floor to create the open floor plan that the homeowners desired. Now the family has plenty of light, open space in which to entertain friends and family.

The Tudor-style home was exceptionally dark, even after it was gutted down to the studs. Windows were replaced throughout the home (original single pane, metal frame casement windows).  Additional windows were added throughout the downstairs, including a kitchen window “bump-out.” The gorgeous new kitchen is the focal point of the home.

Stunning kitchen remodel.

To see more photos of the home, check out the project on Houzz.

We’ll be writing more about this renovation in a future blog. Stay tuned!

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