Reimagining a Historic Home


  • Reconfigured layout, opened entry to living room, added closet, and refinished floors
  • Added track lighting, brought electrical up to code, and added extra base‑board heating
  • Spray‑foam insulated the porch and installed new porch windows
  • Replaced windows with Marvin units, removed drop down ceiling, and restored original molding
  • Rebuilt bathroom with new fixtures, added heated towel rack, and new tile
  • Added dishwasher and vent to first floor unit
  • Added purple heartwood entryway to front room


  • Removal of all interior walls and added needed structural support
  • Restored stairs, secured treads, and added custom iron supports 
  • Exposed and finished sub‑floor revealing buildings character
  • Coated chimney with solidifying and moister barrier agent
  • Removed all paint from radiators and refurbished inside and hardware
  • Installed curved wall to draw eye into stairwell
  • Replaced all windows with new Marvin units and installed mini‑split blower
  • Spray insulation foam and sound attenuation foam over apartment below


  • Complete redesigned with teak cabinets and unfinished sheet metal surfaces
  • Installed large custom Marvin window and custom Velux skylight
  • New Fisher & Paykel appliances, Franke sink, vent, disposal, and insta‑hot


  • Added structural support needed to remove interior walls and support roof deck
  • Steel beam added to accommodate skylights and to raise the ceiling height
  • Four Velux skylights with remote control shades with manual venting and mini‑split blower
  • Exposed sub‑floor for aesthetics and refinished all original flooring
  • Encased top of chimney in cement to ensure longevity
  • Replaced all windows with new Marvin units
  • Coated chimney with solidifying and moister barrier agent
  • Created storage space that extends full length of the room


  • Heated “wood grain” porcelain tile in bathroom
  • New Ravenna’s Jacqueline Mosaic Thassos tile in shower enclosure
  • Added pocket door, custom mirror doors, and extended closet storage


  • Upgraded gas conversion burner and house gas lines
  • Installed two new water heaters (more than needed)
  • Replaced main sewage drain from house to town (corner near washing machine)
  • New electrical panels and complete rewiring
  • Installed dedicated circuit panel for master bedroom
  • Special design sprinkler system, water tank, and pump installed
  • New plumbing from fixtures to to pipe extending thru roof
  • Added recessed fixtures and Legrand switches for main unit
  • Added hardwire phone, fax and speaker wiring
  • Added Mitsubishi minisplit air conditioning / heater, condenser, and blowers 


  • Installed laundry hook‑up and cement platform
  • Installed new bulkhead entry to basement
  • Reconstructed stairway into basement
  • Vacuumed, painted, and cleaned


  • Repaved driveway and added bike rack
  • Replaced backyard asphalt with both compost and loam
  • Completed fenced in property for pets
  • Added raised beds and planted numerous trees
  • Ashley Norton entryway hardware and numeric key pad installed
  • Planted magnolia in the front

Contractor: Papi & Romano Buildings
Engineer Services: L&L Engineering

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Benchmark Real Estate

72 Pine Street #16
Portland, Maine 04101