walnut house: certificate of appropriateness application and IKEA
Today we’d like to share the Certificate of Appropriateness application for the Walnut House that was turned in to the Historic Preservation office yesterday. As we mentioned on August 18th, we had a very productive meeting with HPC staff. The preliminary meeting was asked for to see how HPC felt about the house and to see if we were following the guidelines for new construction. We felt pretty good leaving that meeting, but did want to make a few revisions to the design based on staff’s recommendations, before we submitted the application.
A few of the revisions are: lowered the solid railing around the front porch 8” to better match existing railing heights in the area, placed the vertical board wood fence along the sides and rear of the property only while re-using the wrought iron fence for areas facing the street, added three windows towards the front of the house on the side of the home facing south on the second floor, and we now show the rain catchment system where the blank wall was previously shown in the earlier design.
If you would like to learn more about the preservation guidelines please click the link below:
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We are always reading your comments, so we welcome comments, questions, and even criticisms as well. If, after reading the guidelines for new construction, you still feel that this home doesn’t belong in Springfield and would like to comment, please keep it constructive so we can all see why you think that is the case.
Also on this day we had a trip to IKEA Orlando planed with our clients to confirm some of the items we have chosen for them for the interior of the Walnut house. This trip comes after a trip in early June to Atlanta for the Modern Atlanta Home Tour and a similar shopping trip to Room & Board for inspiration and furnishing selections. We are using IKEA to stay in budget, but our goal will be to change it up and be creative so that the house does not feel like “The IKEA House”. This was our first time at IKEA with clients and only their second time visiting one of these massive stores. We have to confess that we have spent many an hour scouring IKEA for our personal homes and office. Because of our knowledge of the store layout we were able to stay on task and get through the choices in a timely manor. It was really fun to see our clients start visualizing the interior of their future space.
Here are a few images from the trip and as usual, click on an image to view larger: