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The neighborhood of Lochhaven is a gentrified mix of homes dating from the 1920’s and 30’s. The renovation project in the photos assembled transformed a 1950′s suburban colonial home into a striking expression of Tudor style architecture. The owner’s had acquired a variety of “art deco” furnishings and collectible artifacts to be incorporated into the finished product including 16 leaded glass windows with diamond shaped panes.
The website for the City of Hampton, Virginia is low key and …well …neighborly. If you’re curious, click Living in Hampton. I especially like the page for its Neighborhood Office. It is here that a resident can learn about his street community and what identifies its sense of place. This is new urbanism at no additional cost, describing the presence of the features and home styles, already present, that give identity to a neighborhood’s surroundings.
The Neighborhood Office operates within the Community Development Department that has the responsibility for programs funded by the U.S. HUD under its administration. One such expenditure in 2010 was for the commissioning and publication of a document entitled BUCKROE STYLE, a supplement to the Curb Appeal Guide that it had previously issued. GMF+ ASSOCIATES had the privilege to create this little document for the Neighborhood Office of the City of Hampton. It is illustrates, in pictures, diagrams and with references, the idea of New Urbanism at No Additional Cost, outlining homeowner tips for do-it-yourself remodeling projects consistent with its historical traditions of the neighborhood.