This beautiful home is located on historic land in Genesee County, granted to a soldier for his faithful service during the Revolutionary War. The owner contacted Heather DeMoras to renovate the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms, but after thorough consideration, the scope was increased to include nearly the entire first floor, the second floor stair hall, and the conversion of a second floor screen porch into a four-season office.
Throughout the home’s lifespan, the existing side entrance had been used as the main entrance, but lacked architectural significance. After Heather presented the family with 3D models showing possible solutions, the owners decided that an entrance addition (above) made sense and helped balance the front facade.
Now, visitors are directed past the grand colonnade to the home’s main side entrance.
All along the way, an eye was kept to maintaining the craftsmanship this 200 year-old ancestral home deserves. In the main living areas, where new doors were required, custom barn doors were created to respect the Greek Revival and Gothic elements found both inside and outside. Modern elements were tucked into the bathrooms, executed in such a way as to give a nod to the farmhouse tradition this home has seen through the decades.
As a part of reviving this home, significant structural improvements were made, as were upgrades to the heating and plumbing services.
Throughout this extensive process, Heather was available to help the owners with creative details on how best to preserve the family home while bringing its amenities into the the present.
Above and at left is the cat door entrance to the basement. Because the basement door was located in the new main entryway, a sensitive solution was found to give the cats access to the basement and provide a sense of whimsy.