ShAKer LIFE | FALL 2015 33 The historic preservation work went hand-in-hand with the work of adapting the house for contemporary living. Some highlights from that half of the equation: n Installing a new water-supply line and new sanitary and storm sewers. n Installing a hydronic snow-melt system in the driveway area. n Installing lighting controls integrated with an alarm system. n Combining the former kitchen, breakfast room, and service entrance to make one large kitchen. n Making two pantries and a coat closet into a laundry room adjoining the butler’s pantry. n Almost completely reconfiguring the second-floor bedrooms and bathrooms, opening new space on the third floor for a home office, and insulating the exterior walls of the basement’s playroom (there are two very young Peters). n Installing a whole house steam humidifier. n Installing all new plumbing, electric, and mechanical systems, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, which required 200-foot wells – 15 of them – to be dug in the back yard, where deer come up from the golf course to graze next to the gazebo.
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