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Spanish Colonial Revival Kitchen Addition, Urbana

Respectful Addition Heritage Award Winner *

In 1987, a kitchen sunroom bumpout was tacked on to the east end of this 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival house (not by New Prairie). When New Prairie began demo on the structure, we found rotting rim joists and sheathing under the poorly-installed stucco.

A new historically-sensitive addition made room for a remodeled kitchen and a sunny eating area. Special consideration was given to making the addition architecturally compatible with the rest of the house while modernizing the kitchen itself. To achieve this, the addition includes these features:

  • Extension of oak hardwood flooring into the kitchen/sun room to match original adjacent dining room flooring
  • Spanish Revival style light fixtures in the kitchen, sunroom, and dining room
  • Ceramic tiled interior window sills
  • Ceramic tiled “niche” behind stove
  • Dining room paneling to match original was replicated and installed to accommodate a newly designed opening
  • Anodized aluminum windows to match original metal windows in color and profile
  • Stucco façade to match original floated finish texture of house
  • “Wrapped” stucco exterior window trim-out with brick sills to match the original house
  • Exterior paint to match existing house color
  • Shingles to match color of existing roof

The addition was constructed with super-insulated walls, ceiling, rim joist, and stem walls, and the newest air-sealing techniques were employed prior to insulation. High-efficiency skylights and a light tube help provide natural light.

New Prairie did extensive repairs to the original stucco on the main house and the whole house was repainted. Oversized gutters and downspouts were installed on the east and west gables to help maintain the stucco. Many of the existing windows were repaired and refurbished.

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