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says that the two-story addition, which
expanded the kitchen and added an
upstairs bedroom, was spawned by a
common conundrum: move, or renovate. The family was living in a 1910
Craftsman-style bungalow 3 miles
away and plainly needed more space.
First they house-hunted. Then they
decided to expand, and went through
the planning stages. Nine months later,
realizing they would never get full
return on their bungalow investment,
they decided to reconsider moving.
That brought them back to the oversize
Cape, which they had discovered during their initial house hunt. “It just had
a nice feeling of having been there,”
says Emrich. “It’s an extremely well-built house, built better than any house
we’d ever lived in.” And so the decision
was made: move and renovate.
The house was a spacious 3,700
square feet, but, says Emrich, “because
it had been built as a vacation house
in a different time, the kitchen was
a utility space. It was at the back of
original wood paneling blankets the
entry, giving visitors a lesson in the
home’s history. Designer Thayne Emrich
(below) layered the space with a
commode topped with a mirror and
flanked by two antique wood chairs.