THE POOR FARM
This Shaker inspired home built to house the poor has been transformed to have all the modern touches of today! This house built in 1869 has deep roots in Harvard, MA. Located at 166 Littleton Road, it was one of the first places where the disenfranchised people of the area could come to live and work. Upon the Poor Farm closing in 1923 this building has changed hands and eventually became abandoned. Then [RE] Architect stepped in.
We came in, gutted the house down to the studs, repaired the fieldstone foundation, and added a new septic system. We separated this single family home into 4 separate units. Leaving the existing wood floors and refinished them, as well as the wainscoting and other wooden details.
Our lead carpenter recycled framing from around the house and created custom vanities for all the bathrooms, giving a unique feel to every space. He also salvaged beams from the dilapidated garage on the site to hang the pendant lights from in the kitchens.
All new plumbing and electrical was ran in the home as well as a full fire suppression system. While we had the walls open, we added open cell spray foam to insulate the home. To maintain the efficiency of the living space there were mini split systems so that they could heat and cool every area. Excellent!