Ida Anna Ryan 1911 Restoration/Addition Weston, Massachusetts
Originally designed in 1911 by Ida A. Ryan who studied with the noted architecture professor Constant-Désiré Despradelle. Ryan became the first woman to earn a master of science degree from MIT and also the first woman in the United States to receive a master degree in architecture! The existing provenance of notes and blueprints from 1911 was found in the attic rafters and will remain with the home’s new owners as part of a sale. Located adjacent to conservation land with water views this 54,669 square foot lot is quietly sited in one of Weston’s most convenient commuter locations! Essentially becoming an illusion of its former self the 2012 restoration/expansion has been built to the standards of a most stringent energy stretch code. Originally built as a small New England Farmhouse of 2,200 square feet, the 2012 completed expansion brings the Residential gross floor area to 5,782 square feet in size. Including the antique barn the RGFA is now 6,815 square feet today. The 2012 additions more than doubling the size of the original home was built with modern roofing materials, 2x6 construction and green building practices including soy based foam insulation and LED lighting throughout. This home has been transformed to allow modern age living yet maintains the appeal of historic Weston. Newly installed Antique oak plank flooring from Baltimore sets the stage. A new custom Wood-mode kitchen with Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances has generous workspace and a great flow for entertaining. A Hand planed Cherry wood bar top has been presented with the technique of French Polish and the Zakura granite countertops blend beautifully with the custom glazed cabinets and moldings. This is a kitchen typically only found in homes well beyond this price point. This home is now a four bedroom home with five full and one half baths. The existing 3 story Barn has original gas heat with new electrical and plumbing and could be a possible separate dwelling apartment or covered storage for the avid car collector. There is ample room for the addition of buyers in ground swimming pool if desired. Restorations include complete new systems of (3) 95% efficient gas fired Trane heating units and high cyr central air conditioning that is controllable in 4 separate zones. New plumbing, 200 Amp electrical service and new 4 bedroom septic system have been installed. Custom high efficient maintenance free clad windows were designed to replace the exact details of the original windows. Custom new cedar painted shutters crafted and installed by New England Shutter Mills have been installed on 6 elevations. All siding has been replaced with Maibec shingles dipped and coated on both sides prior to installation with Tyvek Air barrier. All the decking and columns in the portion of the original home have been replaced with Trex materials that are maintenance free as well. Most all lighting is now dimming capable LED recessed lighting by Halo and at full power consume only 14 watts per fixture! This home is pre-wired and prepared for “smart home” technology for the ability to connect and control sound, lighting and temperature from phone or tablet from anywhere in the world ! All Russound ceiling mounted speakers for multi-room audio have been installed and ready to connect to homeowners audio of choice.