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1800s Farmhouse Remodel

The homeowners wanted to update their 1880s farmhouse to accommodate their modern lifestyle while retaining and enhancing the home's original character.

Project Objectives and Challenges

1. Expand the kitchen to accommodate entertaining and daily living

2. Scale all the rooms to make them more functional and serve their purposes better

3. Create a living space off of the kitchen

4. Enhance the home's original charm

5. Address the home's existing structure, such as leaking brick, missing studs, and floors that weren't level from one side of the home to the other

Design Solutions

1. Expand the kitchen into the existing, oversized dining room and scale down the new dining space

2. Eliminate the screen porch and add a four-season room to accommodate year-round living and entertaining

3. Use reclaimed and natural materials to complement the original character of the home

4. Create a rustic, yet refined style with selections, such as flooring, repurposed beams, light fixtures, and other materials

5. Cut shims to go over the original log floor joists and use a new layer of plywood to restructure the existing floors to address the four-inch dip from one side to the other

6. Tuck-point brick, sister up new joists to flatten the ceiling, and reinforce beams and headers with microlams

Location: Hartford, WI
Size: 3,000 square feet (approximately 1,800 square feet remodeled)
Built: 1880s
Country: United States
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Before: The homeowners wanted to expand their kitchen and replace the screen porch with a year-round sunroom addition. It was essential to do these things while considering the home's original character and materials.
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The exterior changes look as if they've always been there, with matching materials and attention to the home's original, simple details.
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Cream city brick and fieldstone were used on the sunroom addition to match the home's original materials, creating a seamless transition. The sunroom's flat roof with railings complements the home's charm and makes the addition a focal point. It also ensures that windows and sight lines from the master bedroom aren't blocked. Photo Credit: David Bader
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Before: The existing greeting room lacked a "wow factor," with a basic, drywalled vaulted ceiling. It wasn't the first impression the homeowners were looking for when guests entered their home, and it didn't enhance the home's character.
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Repurposed beams, matching the home's original timber frame, and a tongue and groove ceiling add texture and a rustic aesthetic to the remodeled greeting room. These details draw visitors' attention upward, and the vaulted ceiling makes the room feel spacious. It also has a rebuilt gas fireplace and existing slate floor. The greeting room is a balanced mix of rustic and refi...More
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The sunroom addition extends the entertaining space and allows the homeowners to comfortably use the room year-round. It features a coffered ceiling and a Rumford fireplace composed of repurposed barn beams and fieldstone to tie into the home's exterior. The large windows provide natural light and showcase the pastoral views (note the red barn). Photo Credit: David Bader Int...More
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The kitchen was dated and cramped. It was significantly smaller than other living spaces and needed to expand to accommodate the homeowners' passion for entertaining.
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The remodeled kitchen expanded into the oversized dining room, making space for a large island, double ovens, ample storage, custom cabinetry, and a large range top, perfect for entertaining. A coffered ceiling adds character and elegance. Recessed lighting, pendants, and in- and under-cabinet lighting offer a warm glow and provide task lighting for meal prep. The room is a ...More
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Drawer dividers help keep the drawers organized and clutter-free.
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Spice storage near the range keeps items within arm's reach of where the homeowners need it.
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Storage for potatoes and onions
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The new morning room is the size of the original kitchen. It features a beverage center, window seat, and custom table. It also showcases the pastoral views. Photo Credit: David Bader Interior Design Partner: Becky Howley
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The window seat is a cozy nook in the kitchen and offers extra storage space.
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The roll-out pantry takes advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods to find the item the homeowners need.
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The "drop zone" is ideal for phone charging, mail organization, and filing, keeping clutter off kitchen counters.
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Neighboring the small kitchen was the oversized dining room, wasting a lot of space.
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The dining room is scaled appropriately. Reclaimed barn beams were used on the ceiling, a niche was built to house the homeowners' hutch, and the space's old vinyl windows were replaced with arched wood windows to complement existing details.
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The new library is a cozy space and has a wall of built-in bookshelves that make a statement and act like artwork. It also features extra storage and is accessible from the dining room and living room. Photo Credit: David Bader Interior Design Partner: Becky Howley
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The butler's pantry is a transition area, located between the dining room and the library. It serves as extra counter space for entertaining in the dining room. It features custom cabinetry, glass storage, and a wine refrigerator.
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The butler's pantry is a transition area, located between the dining room and the library. It serves as extra counter space for entertaining in the dining room. It features custom cabinetry, glass storage, and a wine refrigerator.
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The existing powder room was widened and has a more functional layout. Located just off the library, it offers privacy to guests. It features wainscoting, a pedestal sink, and a transom window to match other areas of the home and allow natural light into the room.
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Character-grade hickory flooring with hand-eased edges run throughout the first floor.
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