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  • Writer's pictureNoelle Martinez

Historic Proportions Modern Functions

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

One of my favorite puzzles is draw up a small, charming historically proportioned home and fill its interior boundary with the open spaces that modern living often requires. Part of the magnetic pull to Boise's historic districts are the smaller proportions of the homes: bump outs that are often no wider than 12', gables that are steeply pitched but too narrow to be towering, main levels with generous ceiling heights offset by very short half story second levels. While some clients want to live with the compartmentalized layouts of old, most of my clients want to customize historic homes in the historic districts for their modern lifestyles. I love to preserve the charm that pulled the homeowner to the neighborhood, but loosen the rules inside to create the perfect home design for its modern inhabitants.


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