Trenton Facade Renovation

Architect: Brian Viehland, Design on the Square
Owner: Private Residence
Contractor: Old World Construction
Location: Trenton, NJ
Completed: Summer 2011

This 1936 Tudor home had seen years of neglect. The old pine finger-jointed Tudor board were rotting and large cracks had formed in the stucco. A complete removal of the front facade down to the bare studs allowed for updates to the electrical wiring in that wall, installation of insulation, and new Zip-System wall sheathing.

An 8′ bay window with a copper standing seam roof added depth to the front of the house. The new Tudor boards were cut from Brazilian Mahogany and extend all the way to the peak of the roof, making the house look larger. Quality details were used including copper flashing at all horizontal elements and biscuit joints at each intersection of the timbers. 1″ diameter hardwood pegs were placed in the wood joints for an authentic old-world appearance. The new three-layer hard coat stucco exterior was kept 1/2″ back from the face of the timbers to create a subtle shadow line, accentuating the construction.

This project not only increased the curb appeal of the home, but also corrected problems with water infiltration, electrical concerns, and energy conservation.