This wonderful old house was built in the late 1800s in Concord, Massachusetts, and homeowners Alex and Andrea say that little had been updated since. That meant that most of the original details were intact, but it took a lot of work to do to make it a comfortable and family-friendly home.
It was featured in This Old House, and the article says, “With its stalwart gambrel roof presiding over a busy corner in a high-profile historic district, the Victorian-era house had its own kind of period style, and no one—least of all its new owners—wanted to mess with that.”
The living room fireplace is working again now. The screen was made from a refurbished cast-iron fireback.
The dining room has new William Morris wallpaper and an original built-in bench with storage:
A cottage-style pantry is off the kitchen:
Interior designer Janice Battle says, “The owners wanted to keep the Victorian feel of the house but not to make it look like Grandma’s parlor. That was a little tricky because the house has a dark quality from all the wood.”
The kitchen has new white cabinets, marble countertops, and a red island:
This charming inglenook needed some TLC to get the fireplace and light fixtures working again:
Bumping out the first floor added 300 square feet. Here’s how it looks now with the newly expanded kitchen:
The clapboard-and-shingle house is now 3,818 square feet, which includes a third floor with a guest room and a TV room. A new detached garage that fits the style of the house was built with a home office upstairs:
Wouldn’t this be a fun house to decorate for Christmas? I spent the weekend putting up our trees (a traditional one in the family room and a white one in the dining room) and things are looking very merry around here. Now it’s time to do a little Cyber Monday shopping! 🙂