One of my favorites of my own traditional architecture work is for sale now in the beautiful neighborhood of Hyde Park, in Tampa.
The house was a pre-railroad era, Florida cracker home, probably one of the earliest in Hyde Park. It was so modest, in fact, it may have been the least interesting– or ugliest– in the neighborhood!
My client wanted it restored, updated, and enlarged to fit their lifestyle– which meant 2+ car garage, a large master suite with walk-in closets and master bath, large family room and state of the art kitchen.
This meant it needed a large addition– one that would not overwhelm the little house. There was also a “grand oak”, that is an huge old oak which could not be disturbed under penalty of law. That was ok, I encircled the additions around the oak, with windows to view it from every angle.
The front facade gained a second story “sleeping porch” which is something that may have been built during the early twentieth century, as well as a porte-cochere for additional covered parking. We had to get special approvals to connect the garage to the home as this was prohibited in one of the ordinances. But we were able to gain an exception due to the location of the great oak.
It was quite a process, as the Tampa Historic Preservation Board wielded their power over one of their best historic neighborhoods. But the clients and I persevered and the finished product turned to be very special.
The master suite feels like a tree house as it is enveloped by the great oak. The master bath overlooks the tree and garden as well.
It is currently for sale for $1,024,000. on realtor.com.
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