To step into this house is to step back in time. The house was built in 1872. It was originally designed in the Italianate style. It has undergone a number of renovations during its long life.
The current owners undertook a major renovation beginning in 2016 and finishing early this year. Under the direction of architect Hildie Lazar, Lazar Architecture, LLC and remodeler David Hagan, KCH Contracting, LLC, the house was enlarged to include a large modern kitchen, a family room, a playroom with built in storage, an office with deep paneling, and a mudroom with three closets and built-in seating. In addition, the front porch was extended and a metal roof added to enhance the farmhouse style.
Upon entering the main foyer, one can look down the 26-foot-long hallway directly into the addition. The foyer also includes an etched glass window that was added during a renovation in the early 1900s.
The new kitchen includes Shaker-style cabinetry from Crown Point Cabinets. The countertops are a combination of quartzite and butcher block. The dining area of the kitchen features a brick wood-burning fireplace (one of four in the house), which is the homeowners’ favorite feature. The pantry/prep area is outfitted with wood cabinetry that rises up to the 10-foot ceiling. (The last sentence here I deleted because I incorporated it in the paragraph that is in red).
Wherever possible, features of the original house were repurposed for use in the renovation. The pantry door is constructed from wood that was reclaimed from the original home. The fireplace in the family room has a mantle fashioned from reclaimed wood. The original twin front doors with beveled glass windows were stripped and repainted. New details were chosen to blend in with those found in the original house, including the wide-plank oak floors, the crown molding and the window casings. The open staircase that rises to the 3rd floor was recreated to match the original finish.
On the exterior of the house, details from the Greek Revival period, like the deep windows, were retained. Exterior details on the addition, including the siding and window trim, were selected to blend seamlessly with the originals.