Doing every bit of the work
themselves, the owners have taken this 1920s colonial house and used their
talent, skill, and imagination to create a completely functional setting that
reflects their family's individual needs and tastes.
On the first floor they have
turned the original dining room into a family room that leads onto a deck and
they have created a small dining area on a former porch. They have reconfigured
the kitchen, built many cupboards, including an entertainment unit, sewed
drapes and slipcovers, set tile, and painted walls.
Originally the kitchen was a
kitchen plus breakfast room, but it has been transformed into one very large
room with an eating area. The walls have been sponge-painted with a border of
fruits. These have a hand-painted look, but were actually cut out from
wallpaper which the owner didn't otherwise care for and pasted on a plain
border.French doors lead to a screened
porch. The lavatory under the front stairs was there originally, but it now has
Upstairs in the child's bedroom
on the left, there is an unusual kind of bunk bed, with the top level creating
a very inviting loft effect. Next door there is another child's bedroom, with
its own bathroom and a separate weight room. Across the hall a boy's bedroom
reflects a baseball theme. The remaining room on the second floor has been
converted into an office, with new windows and a new door opening onto a porch
that has been added over the kitchen roof. Trim sliding doors cover an array of
file cabinets and shelving,
On the third floor, everything
was torn out and skylights added to make the whole area into a very large and
private master bedroom. The bathroom here is entirely new, with a lovely large
tiled shower enclosed in glass, plus glass brick windows. Another bathtub - an
old-fashioned one - sits in the bedroom and is fully operative but rarely used.
A small wet bar is an added attractive feature.
The sewing room in the basement
is a revelation. It is bright, cheerful, and eminently functional.
In the backyard, note the
raised patio, the deck with hot tub, the swing set with wood chips below, the
treehouse, and the sandbox with stone sides.