1890 never gets old
objective: sensitively restore and update this 1890's classic.
I love old houses. I appreciate their creaks and cracks, and that everything is just out of level. Or sometimes way out of level. Old houses usually have great natural light, high ceilings, and beautiful wood detailing. With any old house, it's always a matter of how much is still original and how many unfortunate remodels did it have to endure.
In the case of this sweet old home, a lot was still intact. Areas to re-work were the kitchens, bathrooms, floors, and laundry room. The trick with the finishes in old houses is "less is more" and that's what we did here. New cabinetry and countertops (but kept the cool double drain board sink). New vanities were made out of old dressers. The finishes stayed soft and neutral, letting natural light flood in through the windows.
This old home got some revitalization and now it can surely last another 100 years.
Cabinetry: Smith and Vallee