John Chesson has graciously offered to share his story and images of his ongoing adaptive reuse project at the Samuel Noakes house, 101 West Cork Street/201 South Braddock Street with PHW. We will be releasing these stories through the PHW blog in the coming weeks, following the progress with virtual hardhat tours.
Last time, we saw the work begin to shift focus from making the building structurally sound to making the building function in 2012. As is typical in a renovation project, a few plans changed along the way and some additional plaster demolition occurred around the Braddock Street fireplace. This time, a similar reveal is undertaken in the upstairs fireplace.
In addition to looking at the bones of the structure, the HVAC system as well as plumbing lines are starting to take shape throughout the building. These systems are almost always some of the most difficult to retrofit into an older building with elegance. Being able to install or upgrade the HVAC and plumbing when the building’s structure is mostly exposed is the most efficient way to work with these often cumbersome systems.