This Victorian was built in 1885 as a summer cottage on the water in Hingham, Massachusetts. When the current owners bought the long-neglected old house in 2002, they wanted to restore its original beauty. Here’s how it looks now…
An article about the house in Better Homes and Gardens reports that the homeowners replanted the gardens in Victorian style with hydrangeas, English ivy, and Sea Foam roses. The new stone wall with steps was built to match the existing seawall.
They didn’t want to recreate the Victorian era inside the house by putting anything too formal or fussy in the rooms. Instead, they wanted it to be “fresh, functional, and comfortable.”
Luckily, the original hardwood floors had been protected underneath carpet for years, so they were able to salvage them.
To give you an idea of how far the interiors have come, here’s how the dining room looked before, when overgrown greenery crowded out thefabulous harborfront view:
And here it is today, all cleaned up and with a softer arch around the windows, as well as new symmetrical built-ins designed to look like they’d been there forever:
I love that the Victorians considered a house like this a “summer cottage.” They had grander ideas about cottages than we do now, didn’t they? 🙂
Here’s how the master bedroom looked before:
And here it is now:
The kitchen looked like it had last been renovated in the 1980s with the gray cabinets and pink laminate countertops:
They chose to stay within the original footprint of the house, so the kitchen didn’t get any bigger, but it looks a lot better now:
I love a good sunroom, so I was excited to see they added one with a wood-planked ceiling (stained to give it a nautical look) and transom-topped windows:
Who wouldn’t love to have a mudroom-slash-potting room at the back of the house like this?
I love what they did with it! For more photos and information, visit Better Homes and Gardens.