RESTORED BY: C. Griffin Construction: Another beautiful location, the property sits on the Hampton River, this structure was built by a German family after the war to take advantage of post-war shipping possibilities. One of the many unique things about this house is that it had a water supply system that was modern for that time period. It diverted rain water to an in-ground storage tank made of brick and used a hand pump to get the water to a ‘water box’ in the attic. This allowed for a consistent supply of pressurized water to the kitchen in the basement. The property has a detached maids quarters’ and also a carriage house with the hay storage/servant quarters’ above.
We were asked to deconstruct the historic home built in 1880 in downtown Hampton, VA in Jan 2013. Instead of tearing the home down the home was purchased and being fully restored. The home sat for 6 years vacant in a high flood zone. It is located in the Victoria Boulevard Historic District in waterfront downtown Hampton, VA and on the national historic register. The city was challenging the existing business homeowner to either tear the home down or make necessary repairs. The home is undergoing a complete renovation including complete structural engineering to rebuild the foundation. The home sits on the Hampton River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay with a guest cottage also being restored.
The home’s turret on the left side of the home had begun to collapse at the foundation. This required extensive crawl space structuring, additional pillar supports, strapping, and essentially putting the home back together from the ground up to the roof. The original siding was still on the home and has been carefully reattached, caulked, scrapped and primed. In keeping with the historic district siding was not an option. The porch is a Phase ll project to be competed spring of 2014 as well as all window sashes rebuilt. The home is zoned as LIVE-WORK (commercial) property. This required designing a home to meet commercial code, as well Department of Justice ADA requirements. The home was given one of three choices to meet current zoning. The home is being designed as an office-showroom with second and third floor living. The exterior adjacent self standing guest cottage is also being fully restored.
All new plumbing, electrical, was brought to code as well as adding an additional downstairs bathroom, shower. The home had extensive termite damage approximately 10 years prior. This was evident throughout the walls, woodwork in the home. Each room is being carefully restored including restoring existing trim, doors, and architectural elements inside and outside the home. The home is still in progress under the city of Hampton’s eye and strict timeline.
RESTORED by C. Griffin Construction: Craig Griffin has been working on this property for 10 years. The brick- 3,500 Sqft- structure sits on the James River at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The battle of Monitor & Merrimack in 1862 was fought in this watershed, and was a crucial factor in navies world-wide to switch to ‘ironclad’ ships. The most recent project completed was the total renovation of the second floor into a private, master bedroom suite Fall of 2013.
RESTORED by C. GRIFFIN CONSTRUCTION: This house had recently been condemned by the city because of a second floor fire. It required a total renovation because of water and smoke damage. In this instance, the need for off-street parking was paramount because the house was transitioned into a duplex. Unfortunately, the ‘wrap-around porch’ was sacrificed to accommodate a second driveway.