This broken-down and neglected old house in Massachusetts, was built from a plan found in the 1926 Home Builder’s Catalog called “The Arstine.” Thanks to Tom and Cathleen of CT Properties Southcoast, it looks better than it probably did when it was new!
“The Arstine” in the Home Builder’s Catalog 1926:
Here’s how the house was looking before its recent makeover:
The House Today, After the Remodel:
Tom Morette wrote me about their project, saying it’s locally known as the Arthur T. Hammond House.
“Everything seemed broken or worn out, but all that could be saved was saved,” including the front door:
The Staircase Before:
They added a coat closet in what had been an empty space beside the stairs:
The Living Room Fireplace Before:
The Living Room Fireplace After (with new built-in bookshelves that look original):
The Upstairs Hallway:
“All door hardware was reconditioned and refinished.”
“41 originally located and now 43 total windows flood this home with light and water views. Unfortunately, the original windows were beyond salvageable, so the replacement windows at least help to complement the insulated integrity and provide ease of use.”
A door was put in place of the window to the balcony and the closet was widened:
“The original balcony roofs were not accessible or legal, so we dropped the roofs and added doors from each bedroom; the city water views are wonderful and the way we did it maintained the original profile from the street,” Tom explains.
New decks on each side of the house are accessible from the second-floor bedrooms:
Cathleen described the project to This Old House, saying they bought it through an online auction with intentions to flip it, “but the more we did, the more we fell in love. Two weeks prior to listing, we gave in to this beauty, and renovations started all over again.”
The Original Bathroom:
The Updated Bathroom:
The house had been “virtually untouched” since it was built in the 1920s.
The original dining room and kitchen were combined to make one large eat-in space:
The original kitchen was dark and narrow:
They left the original brick of the chimney exposed:
“The original owner was a carpenter as well as a firefighter. Subsequently, all interior walls of this balloon framed structure are continuously fire stopped at the floor lines with solid masonry.”
They kept the original mailbox slot in the side entry. The walls were painted Valspar’s Sparkling Sage:
Car Port Before and After:
The garage got a much-needed makeover, too:
They renamed the house “Second Wind.”
This article about the house appeared in the Fairhaven Star in 1928:
How the house was depicted in the 1926 Home Builder’s Catalog (via Oklahoma Houses by Mail):
After years of neglect, it was no longer “one of the finest residences” in town:
But it’s looking much happier since it got its “Second Wind:”
I love the blue and white exterior they chose for the house — and the red front door! Visit CT Properties Southcoast and their Facebook page for more photos and information. Many thanks to Tom Morette for telling me about their project. It’s always heartening to see an old house like this being given a second life! 🙂
P.S. Check out my Before & After page to see more, like this Foursquare’s in Allenhurst:
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