• Gutted down to the studs
• New plumbing & electric
• New insulation
• All new windows
• Installed 2 wood stoves
• Added back porch w/metal roof (2006)
• New shingle roof (2016)
Swing open the farm gate and the driveway leads up a grassy track, with the tall grasses and flora of an untouched meadow to the left, and on the right, a post and rail fence setting off the view of the neighboring farm's field, which on the day I shot these photos, was dotted with large round hay bales. As one approaches the house, a dramatic avenue of mature spruces and maples creates a gracious welcome that betrays the age of the house, which was built around 1900.
The front door is in its traditional spot along the farmhouse's front porch, and opens to the living room on the right, the library on the left, and the stairs to the second floor straight-ahead. But if you wanted to enter through the side door to the kitchen, you'd find another wide, covered porch for hanging your gear and dropping your boots. The owners added the back porch when they renovated the house in 2005 (see sidebar), and it's a focal point in warmer months. The completely new kitchen has French doors that open onto that back porch, making it the go-to spot for taking all your meals and your other down time, so you can take in the view of both the expansive lawn, and the open meadows that extend to the neighboring farm.
The kitchen features a commercial-grade Hobart gas stove, which was converted for residential use, marble countertops and loads of space for a large dining table. The kitchen flows into the living room, which easily accommodates the baby grand piano, which the owners make great use of. And the separate library sits on the other side of the stairs. A half bathroom opens onto both the kitchen and the library. And there is a wood stove in both the kitchen and the library. (Note: when the roof was redone in 2016, it was discovered that the chimney for the library's wood stove was in disrepair, and it was removed and the space shingled-over. According to the owner, it is the only project that would be left to the new owners, should they want a wood stove in that room.)
Upstairs are four bedrooms and two large bathrooms, both with double sinks. One has a tiled bath/shower, and a washer and dryer tucked discreetly into the cabinetry. The other has a claw foot tub.