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Who lives here: Bob, Nicole and sons Tyler, Owen and twins Kellan and Egan Rodowicz
Location: Newtown, Pennsylvania
Size: 4,000 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Style: Victorian built in 1870. It was converted into a duplex in the 1940s, and then turned back into a single-family home when the Rodowicz family purchased it in 2008.
Architect: Bob Vallimont
Builder: Ron James
"We found our house because it was two blocks away from our other house," Nicole says. It wasn't love at first sight. "The house was in complete disarray, and it was a duplex to boot. We did fall in love with the street, the location (one block from shops and restaurants) and the potential of the home."
To make it their own, "We took an 1870 Victorian that was turned into an investment property in the 1940s, and then we turned it into a single family home that has all the modern amenities of new construction," she says.
Because Nicole and Bob have allotted plenty of kid-centric space in the house, they can enjoy clutter-free, adult areas all to themselves.
The kitchen, Nicole's favorite room, is part of an open floor plan on the first floor and connects the original home to the addition. It creates a nice flow that Nicole jokingly refers to as “the racetrack.”
Countertops: Carrara marble by Stone Tech in Trenton, N.J.
Another small table with fruit easily accessible to the boys sits nearby.
French doors open from the entryway into the warm and inviting dining room.
Paint color: Benjamin Moore, Hot Apple Spice
Tin buckets by the side door keep shoes from tracking dirt all over the floor, and also fit the farmhouse style of the home.
Nicole and Bob installed a TV in an unused space under the stairs so the twins can watch while they eat in their high chairs.
White chairs: JC Penney
This is the room that the two oldest sons share. The wooden furniture was shared by Bob and his brother when they were children. The room gets a ton of natural light, so picking this dark shade of blue was an easy decision. Four coats into painting, they were unsure about the choice, but the result is a rich blue that stays true to the home's history.
Paint color: Benjamin Moore, Old Navy
Bedding: Pottery Barn
The master bedroom has a serene feel with its tall four-poster bed, fluffy down comforter and piles of pillows.
Bed: Carter's Furniture
What’s next for these remodelers? It depends whom you ask.
"We have a 25 foot by 25 foot basement that is unfinished and just waiting for some drywall and flooring," Nicole says. If money weren't an object, Nicole says she would redo the barn behind their house, turning it into a large play area for the kids, as well as a guest house with bathroom. Bob has his sights set on the barn as well. He says, “It’s the perfect size for a racquetball court!"
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