The homeowners for this project first heard about us from their neighbors whom we had worked with in the past (we love word-of-mouth referrals best), but we later discovered we have known her Dad for decades. She used to make fun of her Dad for thinking he knows everyone in VT, but it turns out… Read more »Read More
This project won best renovation under $250,000 in 2012 from Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Vermont.
SOLD! That’s just how it begun for our clients who bought their dream house at a country-style auction. They purchased an 1890’s house with an attached 1870’s barn that had great bones and was filled with historic features. It had been slightly updated in the 1960’s, but was largely untouched leaving it in almost original condition- a rare find.
Our clients fell in love with the antique details such as the hand-carved railings, wood floors, a curved plaster hallway, and Glenwood cook stove, but wanted a home that would fit their family and lifestyle.
In terms of design changes, they wanted a bigger kitchen as well as a back door that would lead to a veggie garden and yard. Our clients also felt that having a mudroom was essential, especially if you live on a dirt road in Vermont. As for systems, this gorgeous old house needed everything. There was no insulation in the house and besides the two wood stoves, there was only heat in one room of this 2400sq/ft home. The electrical system was from the 1960’s and there were a few rooms with no electric at all. All the wooden windows were original with tired storm windows. Moreover, there was also only one bathroom for this five bedroom house.
Resourceful Renovator upgraded this home with great care. Structural beams were installed in order to help the existing framing and allow for a more open floor plan. One of the undersized bedrooms was converted in to a full bath, and a small closet in the master bedroom was creatively turned in to a ½ bath. The existing bath downstairs was also upgraded. It moved in to a larger room, giving much needed space to the galley style kitchen. The white kitchen cabinets, farm-style apron sink, and soapstone countertops were selected with budget as well as historic charm in mind. All new insulation was added, as well as new windows, new high-efficiency boiler, new electrical system, and new plumbing. Also, a new back door and covered porch were added off the kitchen while keeping the lines clean.
The beauty of the red birch flooring on the first floor surprised everyone, including our floor sanding subcontractor. Amazingly, we were able to salvage enough flooring in various places to lay the coveted hardwood flooring in the kitchen also. The original spruce and pine flooring upstairs was also recovered and the old interior trim, interior doors, and original wainscoting were all painstakingly refreshed and reinstalled. Moreover, the house had two front doors which made for confused visitors and cold rooms alike. Resourceful Renovator removed those two doors and used historical photos of the house to guide the placement of the ‘new,’ reused door that had long ago been removed into the sought-after mudroom.
Resourceful Renovator took great pains to protect the key, historic attributes of this gorgeous home while updating it for the next century. Once the project was finished, the final testing from Efficiency Vermont resulted in a HERS Index of 64, which qualified this lovely old house for a five-star plus energy rating (the highest rating awarded). Not bad for an old girl!