An historic house is under constant pressure from changes in the culture, which require interventions to accommodate modern tastes and technology. Nowhere is this so evident as in the kitchen and bathroom, where the space required seems to expand decade by decade to provide room for more cabinetry, appliances and fixtures.
What all these expanded and updated spaces require first of all is is a perfectly level platform, so that all cabinetry and fixtures can be uniformly flush and aligned. One of the carpenter’s first tasks is to level the floor, correcting the deviations that time and gravity have imposed. In this 1877 Victorian on Brattle St, we took down a wall to expand the room’s footprint to include a laundry. Here we see the carpenter leveling the combined floors to a uniform height.
This image is a bit disorienting, as we are looking down through the second floor into the first floor space, as the ceiling below has been opened for a lighting upgrade. We can also see a bearing wall below. Such rough openings give us a glimpse into the past, and the changes in the way that we live, and build, over the last one hundred and forty some years.