Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JAN 2019

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"We might [go] 5 to 10 years between projects before we find something [in which] the original structure is unaltered like this one," Wilson adds. "Usually, by the time we get to a home that's this old, it's been remodeled and altered several times, and the original structure is really hard to uncover and find—if it's indeed still there. Quite oƁen when we find it, it's not in [good] shape." He and his wife drove by the rural house one weekend aƁernoon recently and noticed the own- ers were there, so the Wilsons stopped in to say hello. "We probably spent two hours with them, just walking through everything and hearing them talk to us about how they used each space and how they enjoyed it," he says. "That particular weekend we stopped by, their [family had a big group of people] staying over there. They were all hanging out, and there was plenty of room for everyone. Everything worked out well for them, and it ac- commodated them." The owners have even leased the home on var- ious weekends through VRBO, a vacation rental site similar to Airbnb. "Obviously, they keep it some weekends for themselves," Wilson notes. "It's been so popular [though] that they've been having trouble finding weekends that they can get out and use it for themselves. It's been a hit on many different levels." The project also inspired the clients to utilize the property more than they would have other- wise. For example, they cleaned up a pond and transformed an old dairy bar into a picturesque storage building. "And then they started acquiring smaller log cabins that are older, that people are just wanting to dismantle and sell," Wilson says. "They just completed one of those on the property. "Because they had so much fun [and] such a good experience with that first building, they're continuing to add onto the property [with] other structures and develop it even more," he adds. "It's turned from an investment into a labor of love." The addition on the back of the house includes a bedroom as well as a pantry, laundry room, play area and two baths. [ above ] A space on the second floor of the home exposes the original roof rafters and now acts as a bunk room. [ left ] The new screened porch joined to the existing family room and new gathering area supplies some outdoor living space. [ below ] A terrace connected to the new screened porch gives the owners additional area to enjoy the landscape surrounding the house. QUALIFIEDREMODELER.COM QR JANUARY 2019 29

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