The Best of the Old, the Best of the New
20th Century Materials and Craftsmanship, 21st Century Smart Home
The Daniels' home was approximately first
built sometime between 1860 and 1890. During the past 100 years it has
served as a one family home, a boarding house, a machine shop during WWI,
and for the past 60 years as a two-family home. The house had been converted
back to a one family home, enlarged over 20% and 95% renovated.
The current owners purchased the house in September 1999. The entire inside
of the house was gutted to the studs. Blueprints for a one-family home were
completed and put out for bid in January 2000. Germer Construction was
selected as the General Contractor in March and construction was started the
first week of April. The final Certificate of Occupancy was issued on
December 29, 2000. Over 100 people worked on the renovation of this house
during the seven-month construction schedule.
The design goal for the home was to strive for a balance between the "Best
of the Old and the Best of the New." Every effort was made to remain true to
the architectural aspects of a 20th century Craftsman style home, while at
the same time incorporating the efficiency and functionality of a 21st
century "Smart Home."
The house sits on a 100 X 195 lot. It has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms,
three half-baths, and an estimated 6,000+ sq./ft of living space. The
detached 2-story, 3-car garage is approximately 1,200 sq./ft.
View the property plot plan
The entire house was made 9 feet wider, from basement to the 3rd floor. The
entire 3rd floor was rebuilt with new wood from the floor to the roof, and
30 year shingles were used on the new roof. All outside sheathing was
replaced with ¾ plywood and all seams were sealed with silicon. The highest
"R" factor insulation was used throughout.
The garage is heated, and features a full height 2nd floor with a personal
gym / office and powder room. It also has its own air conditioning, and
wiring connections for 12 computers. On the garage level below, an attached
utility room houses an emergency diesel generator capable of providing 60%
of the home's and all of the garage's electrical requirements.
View pictures of the floor plans for the
2nd floors of the garage
The home and garage, with its extensive data networking capabilities and
emergency diesel generator, is perfect for someone who wants to run a robust
website based business from their home. By virtue of the almost 500 wires
dedicated to supporting the audio, video, phone, security, video
surveillance, data networking and home automation features, this home
represents the state-of-the-art in "Smart Home" technology
Lastly, every eve in the roof has weatherproof electrical outlets for
holiday lights that are all controlled by one switch in the 1st floor coat
The rest of this website page has detailed information and pictures of the
home. The links below covers the key features of the home. Below the links
are pictures of the outside of the house during different phases of
construction. The last set of pictures show many of the smart home features
as well as the infamous "wire room."