Built in 1928 as a companion home to an adjoining property, this English Tudor combines period charm with modern comfort. The current occupants are only the fourth owners of the house; and they have lovingly ensured that all improvements and updates to the structure maintain the home’s original style and character. Having met KCH’s Dave Hagan on a previous Hearth & Home Kitchen Tour, the owners were confident that a renovation specialist—rather than a builder—was the right choice to oversee their renovation project.
A primary goal of the architectural re-design was to improve the flow from the front of the house to the back and to allow for an abundance of natural light. The homeowners reconfigured the main floor to achieve a more open layout and eliminate the need to pass through the dining room to access the kitchen and den areas.
The kitchen features traditional cabinetry design and installation by Crown Point Cabinets. The addition of a center island introduced a modern eat-in kitchen space while black granite counters and mosaic green crackle tile backsplash maintain a vintage look. A cozy seating area just off the kitchen featuring a new gas fireplace and built-in bookcase offers an inviting spot to unwind and relax. The mudroom provides organization, with a pantry closet and “golf club cubbies” for easy club storage.
New design elements were added with the same spirit of period preservation. The installation of gas lanterns at the front of the house offers a warm welcome to all who approach at night. And the addition of a first-floor guest bedroom and full bathroom, featuring a beautiful blue porcelain shower and floor tiling, extends the welcome to overnight guests. A new master bedroom and bath, convenient second-floor laundry and a hallway bathroom fit seamlessly with the home’s original design. The hall bathroom features a “Victoria & Albert” English limestone Shropshire slippertub, Horus faucets and marble floor tiling from LaRaj Tile & Marble.
To reinforce the cottage feel the homeowners chose damask and floral wallpaper designs, period colors and complementary art and framing installations from Juxtapose Gallery. Exterior details, including a gable over the front sunroom, Pella Architectural casement windows and carefully curated hardscaping, enhance the home’s traditional Tudor style.
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