This home is over a hundred years old and has a historical character to it that did not want to be lost or taken away from by the addition of a new garage. We wanted to add the new garage, but for it to look as if it had always been there, well-maintained for over a hundred years! What we were doing on this job is extending the existing garage by the length of a whole new garage, enough to park a car in. This is because the existing garage has been converted into a living and office space, and they did not have a place to park their car inside.
We had to take down some existing fence, cut away part of their existing deck, and match the historical integrity in the new garage. The main historical feature was the way the rafter tails had been cut and shaped on the original structure. The homeowner was not really aware of the importance of matching this detail in the new construction. He mainly saw that it was going to cost a little more money to do so. But I insisted, and explained to him all the ways that not doing would affect his home’s overall value, reduce the integrity of his homes historical “personality,” and even affect the overall look of the neighborhood, which is full of homes with historical features like his.
In the end, and especially after all of his friends and neighbors comments about his new garage, he is 100% totally happy we did it the way we did it. We matched everything perfectly, rebuilt his deck, rebuilt the fencing where we had to remove it, and took down the siding off the original garage in order to re-side the old and the new as if to make them continuous. A job super well-done!