It is a challenge to reclaim a 100 year old house. The new high standards of building systems performance, the desire for a low maintenance building fabric, and the change in the way homes are used, demand for different room sizes, natural and artificial lighting, and above all the demand for a fresh aesthetic. These are all obstacles to making reclamation viable. Many times the actual cost of reuse makes the argument for preservation harder. The above is especially true in the case of high end custom homes when the clients’ very high requirements often trump the wish for preservation. This project by Saniee & Associates in Greenwich, Connecticut makes the case that with sufficient attention to design and detail, old structures can be reclaimed to compete with the best of newly designed structures.