When you buy an old house, you just never know what lies beneath the layers of renovations these homes often undergo. After all, styles change as do homeowners’ tastes. The home that Steven and Travis purchased in Ulster County, New York, was built in 1897 and in their efforts to create a more modern farmhouse look, the pair discovered some structural treasures.
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We meet a lot of professionals day in and day out, and it’s always a pleasure to meet architects, builders, and designers who have a true passion for what they do — for their business, their product, and their customers. Matt and Jeff Balmer are fourth-generation builders who have spent much of their life in residential construction. As partners of Lands End Development in Crosslake, Minnesota, the brothers have grown their company much in the same way as we have here at Barn Light Electric — on the principles of quality, creativity, value and service.Read More
As long as man has been building shelters for himself, stone has been a material of choice. Not only is stone durable, fire proof, and an excellent insulator, it won’t decompose over time like other materials and is virtually maintenance free. When the creative minds at Sullivan Building and Design Group in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to renovate an early 1800s stone house, they didn’t try to upgrade the design but instead renovated back to its original state complete with handmade lathe and horsehair plaster. An old storefront attached to the stone house was also renovated.Read More
As an avid gardener, Susan loves having a dedicated space for her numerous gardening tools and supplies right in her back yard. But when she purchased her home in northwest Arkansas, the gardening shed on site was in sad shape so Susan began a renovation project to give it new life.
“It was a tired and unattractive shed so I moved it to its current location and re-sided it with the help of a carpenter,” Susan explains. “Then I painted it to coordinate with the colors of the main house and added a rose trellis to either side.” The final touch was a new light to brighten up the doorway at night. Susan chose a classic, American made Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Light in a Textured Black finish.Read More
Like many retirees, Wes Prince was looking for a change of scenery. But unlike those who simply retire to a sunny locale to relax, Wes took on a renovation project that would send most homeowners running for a condo. Wes sold his loft in Atlanta, and, along with his new bride Lola, packed the Jeep with a five-month-old Golden Retriever and a Chihuahua then drove 3,000 miles to Merida, a 500-year-old city on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It was here in this historic city that Wes and Lola tackled the complete renovation of an old ruin that would become their dream home. On his first trip to the area, a friend took him to see the house.Read More