Chestnut Hill Residence


This colonial style house built in 1915 is now a blend of period detail as well as modern amenities.  Purchased by a professional couple with young children, Ben Olson added a master suite, a wood paneled library, a masterly designed kitchen, and a separate eating area which overlooks a new patio and garden.

Located in the Chestnut Hill Historic District, Ben extended the house with a 250 square foot rear addition, gutted 750 square feet of existing interior space, and reconfigured these areas to include a generous kitchen with master suite above. Attention to original detail was essential to Ben’s design, so wood moldings and stair rails were reproduced.  This enabled the continuation of the central staircase to incorporate the third level rooms into the main living space and also the restoration of the original butler’s pantry.

The living and family rooms were configured with new French doors that extend these rooms to a new raised stone terrace with custom designed iron railings. The terrace steps down to a carefully planned exterior room with selected plantings that surround a field of grass. Ben’s understanding of the original bones of this residence has melded old and new into a seamless, updated residence for the owners to enjoy.