The Sorrel Avenue home – unoccupied for years with overgrown foliage consuming the structure, roof-ponds, a decaying wood structure, mold and mildew – was not fit for a diplomat. Saving as many trees as we could, the enormity of the task ahead became apparent following the tree removal. The existing construction was unreliable and additional support was necessary for the new second floor. The roof and walls were replaced and the archaic mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded.
The new roof with dramatic overhangs integrates the old and new structures. The rich cedar siding unifies the design, the colors reflecting differently with the changing seasons. A breath of life was brought into the interior spaces which were designed with quality of light, sound and air in mind.
A bold and distinctive transformation, the house exemplifies the courage and vision of the Embassy.