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2023 Award Winners



Entire Home, $250,001 - $750,000


1850 Historic Restoration: Magnolia Cottage On Historic Rope Walk Hill


East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Architect/Designer | Zarrella Develoment Corp

Developer | East Greenwich Cove Builders LLC

Land Planner | East Greenwich Cove Builders LLC

Landscape Architect/Designer | Wilfrid L. Gates, Jr., ASLA

Interior Merchandiser | Salt + Pine

Photographer | George Gray Photography

Situated on a hill looking at the harbor up to the west, this renovation draws inspiration from the workers cottages and the grander homes of the district. Normally deemed a teardown, this 200-year-old New England cottage was reimagined to create an inviting and environmentally conscious home. The renovation solved stairway code issues, introduced an open floor plan, allowed a true primary, resolved asbestos, and restored charm all lost after two mid-century renovations.

The team worked with the historical society to restore the original exterior and reimagined the interior to include modern conveniences with the home’s original grandeur. The result is a 19th-century meets sophisticated, modern style with new framing, plumbing, electrical and luxury finishes intermixed with elements saved from the home including exposed beams and the original front door.

Located on a 3,000-square-foot lot, a high-density site plan was constructed to its pre-existing nonconforming status. A large back deck 3 feet off the town’s right of way and tucked-in parking contributed to the project’s success. The home remained harmonious in form, material and scale with the challenge of situating a renovation project next to a new construction in a historic neighborhood of single-family cottages.

From the Judges
This project is a great remodel example that provides a transformation of the space while also respecting the original character of the home. Every space feels more modern, but incorporates detailing that feels true to its original style. The copper downspouts and exposed ceiling beams are a great examples of these nods to the original structure.

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