The rustic feel extends beyond just the kitchen, almost every object in the house is from second-hand stores. Vintage chandeliers were hung above a reclaimed wood table in the dining room. The bunk beds were handmade by the homeowner and his daughter from leftover lumber. True to the historic community, priceless relationships were formed along the way with local shopkeepers, sellers and refurbishers. Appreciating the histories and gentle use of all these interior pieces makes for great stories that only add to the home’s creative appeal.
The original foundation rested on firewood logs that had rotted out and caused dramatic settling, so reinforcing and leveling the foundation was the first step in bringing the house back to life. Steel beams were then used to stiffen the second floor, which allowed for the new master suite and dormer to take form. Upstairs, the exterior walls were in desperate need of some insulation, but in order for that to happen on their tight budget, the owners had to painstakingly remove, salvage and reinstall the original bead board.