New meets old
This Old House Magazine|Fall 2021
A bold modern addition shakes up a traditional Cape in a historic Massachusetts town
TED CUSHMAN

Every time Megan and I come here, we’re reminded that this is definitely where we want to raise our family,” says Lincoln Pasquina of the 1880s Cape Cod-style house in Concord, MA. One reason is the land: three sloping acres with a meadow and woods, bordering a horse farm with a pond. Another is the house itself, an antique Cape that reminds Lincoln of his childhood on Boston’s North Shore, and marks a return for his wife, Megan, to the town where she grew up.

But the house comes with some drawbacks, too, notably a dark, low-ceilinged first floor, an awkwardly chopped-up second floor, and a nondescript 1960s garage addition. With a 2-year old son at home and plans to grow their family, Megan and Lincoln are looking to add more space—in part because they are committed to a work-from-home lifestyle. To expand the existing house while honoring its history, they enlisted local architect Andrew Sidford to draft plans for a renovation, which will be documented as part of TOH ’s 43rd television season.

Sidford’s design includes a dramatic departure from the Cape’s traditional architecture: a modern addition, with high shed roofs and lots of glass, that offers needed extra room and broad views of the private back part of the property. “I’ve always loved modern additions on historical houses —the juxtaposition, if done right, can be so beautiful,” Megan says. “Also, while we love the coziness of the existing house, it’s very important to us to have some living space with tall ceilings and lots of light and air.”

Megan and Lincoln sought out Sidford after seeing some projects of his that infused modern architecture and design into old houses. For the Pasquinas’ project, “we pushed the idea of a modern addition with floor-to-ceiling glass, cathedral ceilings, and shed rooflines,” Sidford says. “They gravitated toward the more modern roof forms.”

For TOH host Kevin O’Connor, the transition from traditional to modern makes the project especially interesting. “It’s a classic house, but the stuff the previous owners did is pretty expected,” he says. When the Pasquinas began looking to add on in 2021, he agreed that it was “ perfectly fine to think about doing it in a modern way.”

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