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Captains’ Residence

Jamestown, Rhode Island
Date 2009
Size 1,200 SF
Cost $350,000
Client Andrew & Julie Kallfelz

Originally built as an uninsulated home by “Captain Greene”, this home was purchased by another set of captains with hopes of making a year-round home for their growing family. The original home was oriented with a gambrel facing north and accessed only by a pedestrian path to the street. On the southern side, the classic gambrel form of the house gave way to a rambling set of uninsulated shed additions leading out to a 1970s garage and gravel drive. Union was hired for a multi-phase renovation and addition project to fully recast the forgotten southern side of the home that had become the day-to-day front door for the owners and their guests.

View of carriage house from the new primary entrance
Updated south elevation is now a welcoming primary entrance

The renovation created a new entrance court bound on one side by a new carriage house and office and, on the other side, by an addition to the primary house with a new covered porch. The primary entrance leads into a new kitchen, mud room, half bath, and primary bedroom suite on the second floor. All the updates serve to re-orient the home and create a welcoming entrance for owners and guests alike.

Interior kitchen and dining spaces.
Dusk view of gravel drive leading to carriage house with Captain's house on the right