George W. Combs, Inc. Annual CotY Awards

Historical Renovation/Restoration - Platinum Award



The original intent for this shingle style 1906 farmhouse was to remodel the first floor of the home to improve the layout of the kitchen. As both the homeowner and the contractor, George Combs of George W. Combs, Inc. quickly decided that a full gut renovation was required to improve overall form, functionality and energy efficiency for the family.  

Energy efficiency was dramatically improved by upgrading electric and plumbing systems, bio spray foam insulation, LED lighting and hydronic heating with a condensing boiler that provides hot water on demand. Windows by Integrity from Marvin, including a Marvin french door, proved to be the perfect choice balancing form, function and natural light throughout the home.  

Traffic flow and functionality were optimized by opening up the bathroom, galley kitchen and eat-in area into a new kitchen and powder room. The black cleft-faced slate tile flooring provides continuity from the entry hall throughout the spacious kitchen. The bright room features an oversized island, 2-inch thick Super White granite countertops, a subtle marble subway tile backsplash and modern conveniences such as a wine refrigerator and
under-counter microwave.

Significant to the turn-of-the-century era, the four original second floor bedrooms were small with limited closet space. Two of the bedrooms were converted to create a fully-functional master suite with custom cabinetry in the vestibule and master bedroom.

The custom cabinetry and millwork throughout the home was crafted to create full overlay doors with pilasters which provides an updated yet traditional design. The base, crown and trim moulding all have the same beaded accent which creates a rhythm throughout the home.

In the end, George Combs seamlessly delivered the architect’s design while maintaining the home’s architectural integrity and historic design elements.