Contractor for matching historical building style?

troy washington park autumn ivyOmar emails:

I'm buying a victorian-style house in Troy soon and would like to have a garage built. I would like it to match the style of the neighborhood so I'm envisioning a cinder block garage, possibly with a brick facade. Can anyone recommend a good mason or whoever does this kind of work?

We had a similar questions earlier this year, but it was focused on indoor carpentry work. As we said then, there are so much old houses in this area, there have got to be companies that can building something to fit with the style.

Got a suggestion for Omar? Please share!


I'd definitely recommend speaking to a local architect. They will do the due-diligence with the city by checking building codes, building setbacks for accessory structures (garages), lot occupancy percentage and other zoning concerns that you or a contractor might not otherwise anticipate. They will also have advanced knowledge on how to compliment (not necessarily "match") the style + detailing of your Victorian house, while also helping you make decisions that are still cost-effective to your budget. On top of all of this, they will be able to recommend a handful of appropriate contractors that you can interview and have price-out your project.

Most architects I know will have an expanded phone or in-person conversation with you on this topic at no cost. And, at the very least, you'd come away with the confidence knowing what options are available to you on how to proceed.

Feel free to contact my architecture firm and I'd be happy to discuss this with you : Architex (518) 782-7319. Or, you could also use services such as Angie's List, Google and so on to seek out other local architects. Best of luck!!

Teakwood Builders in Saratoga does great historical restoration and matching. They've done some work on Washington Square in Troy. However, they're not cheap and if you want a cinder block garage they're probably overkill.

Check if you're in an historical district. You may not be able to construct a garage...

Just wanted to address Ace's comment quickly. Being in an historic district doesn't automatically preclude you from being able to construct a Garage. There are lots of factors at play and an Architect is the perfect person to help inform you on those options and guide you through the different processes.

I live in the historic district in Troy and my neighbor 3 houses down just got approval to build a garage. You'll jump through some hoops but it's not impossible provided you don't tick off your existing neighbors with your plans.

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