Architect Thomas A. Carter, Jr. (re)designed his own home


As the floor plans show, this was no miracle with a can of paint. It took money, new wings fore and aft, and a thorough remodeling throughout to turn this pseudo-Spanish Cape Cod into a good modern home. And it took several years, But the owner, architect Thomas A. Carter, Jr., has figures to prove that even such extensive remodeling can pay off : on an equally good plot, a new house of similar size would have cost him much more. A notable part of their story is the fact that the Carters actually lived here while the changes were gradually made. When they bought it, the house was a horror, and the so-called bedrooms were little more than shacks tacked onto the rear. But the main part of the structure was essentially sound. And so they moved in. And they stayed in, sheltered by a temporary plywood wall while the front was rebuilt. There were days when they had to bathe at their neighbors' and go out for their meals—but most of the time they lived normal lives, and even had friends in to dinner. Here are the changes: a squarish addition, built onto the front, produced a whopping big living room plus an L-shaped terrace which is partly roofed over and screened The old living room, fireplace and all, is still there, but part of it makes a real dining room now. New equipment added in kitchen and bath. The new wing to the rear contains a laundry-utility room, a master bedroom and bath, and a room for young son John. Exterior additions are redwood, painted gray-green, with accents of yellow and white. Inside, the Spanish stucco walls were marked with striated plywood and a fireplace was faced with green glass. 

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