Steps from the renowned Thames Street shopping district, this traditionally designed New England home represents urban living at its best.

The project required the original house to be demolished and reconstructed on the same footprint. Additionally, the design needed to be architecturally consistent with the surrounding houses in the century-old neighborhood.

The impressive two-story, 10-room home with finished attic and basement does just that and then some. Every modern convenience is available in an interior designed for the new owner's lifestyle.

A spacious U-shaped kitchen with all the amenities includes a breakfast bar and double sinks in a marble-top food prep area opposite a stainless steel three-door refrigerator/freezer. Sliding doors close the window between the kitchen and the formal dining room for added intimacy. A stainless steel gas range, oven and microwave are perfect for preparing everything from a snack to a gourmet meal.

David E. Michael expanded the original kitchen plans to accommodate the new owner's large family and visiting grandchildren. Both kitchen and dining room are now tailor-made for convenient entertaining of gatherings large and small.

The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home is 2 ½ stories tall and boasts an outdoor shower and patio at the back of the house. A deck off the master bedroom overlooks the patio and garden. An additional second-story deck is at the front of the house.

The finished attic provides an area for workout equipment as well as a place for a sewing machine, and a playroom with a television and a table for chess. A built-in enclosed bench for added storage and seating runs the full length of the room along one wall.

The owners said that David E. Michael was "very sensitive to our lifestyle and needs. He completed the project on time and on budget as agreed. And the people who did the work were so nice," they added. "The workmanship was just excellent. We couldn't be more pleased."