This was a home on North Mill Pond in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that came with lots of history – one major element being that it endured a destructive fire about 30 years prior. Our goal was twofold: rebuilding to accomplish structural integrity, and renovating the dining room to authentically recreate the look and feel of the original home. For obvious reasons, the extensive construction that the project involved consumed most of the allocated budget, so we really worked with the homeowners to do the best dining room renovation possible with the remaining funds available. With this in mind, we designed a one-of-a-kind 22′ built-in bench that certainly gave them some bang for their buck. Not only does it accommodate seating for a full party of guests, it also was designed to be an additional sleeping option for overnight visitors. Their transitional style allowed us to honor the classic structure while playing with some contemporary twists like colorful Amy Dutton pillows; Hubbardton Forge lighting fixtures; Mayer Fabrics; rugs from Surya and Landry & Arcari; and two tables, one from Restoration Hardware, and one custom designed by Nate Deyesso.