Monday, December 2, 2013

1892 New Englander - Before and After

As we ready the house for it's new owners, we thought it would be nice to take one last look at the transformation that occurred in the last several months.  It was a lot of work, but this house had such fabulous antique details, we loved every minute of it.  It was wonderful to highlight the old, while adding some modern amenities.

The Exterior Front - we started with a lot of peeling paint on the entire structure.  It took a crew of Lead Certified painters to bring the exterior back to its original glory (to see more, click  And of course we replaced windows/skylights, updated railings to meet code requirements, replaced rotting trim, repointed the masonry…etc. etc. etc!

Painting the house required Lead Safe Painting Practices
The Exterior Rear - The back of the house changed dramatically.  We tried our best to salvage the old garage, but there was so much damage, it couldn't be saved.  And in retrospect, it created a nice backyard and enabled us to put in new windows across the back facade,  flooding the house with sunlight.  For your entertainment, you can click here for the story of the garage and a video of it coming down!
Rear View - After Garage was removed

Rear View - After
Interior - The interior also saw dramatic changes.  By removing walls and opening up the floor plan, we created a big, open living space.  
The Kitchen and Dining Room
Kitchen and Dining - 'After'

Dining Room - After

Dining Room/Kitchen - Before
Dining Room/Kitchen - After

Mudroom/Powder Room - Before


Mudroom and Powder Room - By carving out a few feet, and removing a not-to-code staircase, we were able to create a mudroom entry off of the back entrance, as well as a powder room.
Mudroom/Powder Room - After

Living Room - Before
Living Room - Removing the wall between the foyer and living room, created a bright, open space.  And eliminated the narrow dark hallway that went nowhere!

The 2nd Floor - this changed from a 2 bedroom/1 bath space to 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths.  The most intriguing element - changing the former attic space into a bright, large master suite.  (To see more, click here)

Adding these 200 year old antique beams and the dramatic light fixture make this a special room.  And the master bath completes the space.

Hallway and Master Bath - To add the Master Bedroom, we had to create a hallway - changing the footprint of the family bath.

After - Hallway and Bath!
New Bath - Flooded with Light from the Large Skylight

The Nursery - The nursery is a light filled small room, that just needed new skylights and some decorative touches to realize its full potential.  Here's the step by step (The $16.29 Nursery).

The third bedroom got a facelift with a light paint scheme and bright pops of color.
It's always hard to say goodbye to these wonderful homes.  But we know the new owners will love it!    Please help us wish them many years of happiness in their new home.

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  1. I've been reading your site this morning, and the transformations you've achieved are beautiful. I love older homes (though I've never {yet} had the chance to live in one.) I've got my eye on a gorgeous 1930 Victorian just outside Philadelphia - on the chance we get relocated from Seattle in the next few months. It needs a little love, maybe a lot of love, but I can't think of anything else I'd rather do!

  2. Thanks so much Andrea. I hope you get a chance to redo the Victorian! These houses take a lot of work and special care, but the results are always amazing. And the character and charm just can't be replicated in a new home! You'll love it!

  3. I just found this blog and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am. My husband and I own a home ery similarto this one and we have been working on very very very slowly. To see what you guys did to this home is amazing and I can't wait to sit down and examine every inch of this blog. Great job!!! Oh and I finally know what type of house we have...A New Englander!!

    1. Thanks so much for reading the blog Melissa!! If you own a similar house, you know how wonderful they are. I love all the unique angles and quirky details. Hopefully we can help give you a few ideas for your place! Happy renovating!!


  4. Absolutely beautiful transformation. Such usable space for today's lifestyle. I can see in Maine where you still need a garage though.

  5. Laurel - I finally saw your website when I was in Florida visiting with Ceil - it all looks great!! You must be having fun - the houses look fantastic. We are in the home stretch for the house in Maryland. I see you have some blues and greens - can you share the paint colors? Maybe I missed them.....Shoot me an email some time.....Have I missed you on TV yet?
    Joanne Fabiano

  6. What is the kitchen paint color?

    1. I painted the whole house a Benjamin Moore color called Green Cast. It's one of my favorites! Always looks a little different, depending on the light in the room.

  7. Laurel, do you recall where you purchased that lovely birdcage pendant?

    1. Ooohhh....... my memory might not be good enough!! But I think the fixture was by Quoizel!


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