The Story of A House

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The question where are you from has always stumped me as I had moved a bunch of times before the age of 12. But in 1989, the summer between my 6th and 7th grades in school, my mom bought the house that I would have more memories from than any other place I have lived. I never think of this house as the house that I grew up in as I was just shy of my teens when we moved there. But when I look back on all the aspects of my life that happened in that house I know that no other house will ever hold more memories. Your home is always going to be precious, as it is a hub of your life and the closest people around you. This is why it is imperative that we all look out for comprehensive home insurance at places like Call Wiser. I remember sitting in the formal living room for my first kiss in the 8th grade. I brought home many (many) boyfriends to meet my mom and sisters, my first wedding was at that house in a huge tent in the yard. It was in that house that I told my now ex husband that I wanted a divorce. It was where my first dog died. Where I stood when I received my acceptance letters to both boarding school and college. Where my three younger sisters grew up. Where we had a pony under the tree one year for Christmas. Where countless parties, celebrations, fights and ugly cries took place. It was home.

When my mom bought it, the woman who owned it had taken a 1700’s farmhouse that had been basically abondoned and given it new life. She put in a kitchen (the floor was dirt when she bought it!), modernized the bathrooms, updated all the doors, replaced the windows and installed exterior window shutters as well as Plantation Shutters on the inside to complete the farmhouse atmosphere, all in all, she made it a lovely and livable farmhouse that was a bit on the antique side because that was her thing. My mom moved in with two of my sisters and I after a divorce and continued on where she could with so many kids under foot. The attic became a finished bedroom (for me), a patio was added, landscaping was done and a few more updates here and there. She put effort into making the barn usable for horses, built a ring and fields and then in 1993, the fourth baby came along. At that point it was a miracle that 4 kids, countless pets including dogs, cats, pygmy goats, a bottle fed sheep and rabbits who all lived freely in the house and an endless stream of friends coming by didn’t destroy the place. But it weathered all we lashed on it and gave us the happiest of places to call home.

At about the time we all were leaving the nest, my mom remarried and moved. She held onto the house for about a year, but in 2005 decided it was time to hand it over to someone who had the energy to maintain a house that had stood that long. Besides, she was ready for the move too which surprisingly wasn’t very stressful. If it wasn’t for her friends recommending that she looked into something like 9Kilo Moving’s nationwide movers list, then I don’t think the move would have went as smoothly as it did. The process of moving can be a lot for people to handle, but if you have a bit of help, it does make it a lot easier. There were too many updates that needed to be done and I think the last straw was when the sudden abundance of bees was investigated and it was discovered that one of the entire exterior walls of the house had been transformed into a honeycomb. A massively, huge honey comb. Mom called uncle and an incredibly talanted lamp designer, Christopher Spitzmiller bought it and began the transformation. As it was not his full time residence he was able to gut the place, adding central air, moving door ways and walls that had not made sense in centuries and updating basically everything. He added columns to entrances that had been missing for decades, maybe centuries and made the house into a show piece.

Thanks to facebook, I have been watching the transformation happen slowly over the past 10 years in little bits and pieces. Then this winter I was tipped off that Christopher’s efforts had taken the house so far that it was set to be featured in Architectural Digest. Well, the spread was released yesterday on their website and it also appears in the July, 2015 issue. It is amazing. If you had been once of the lucky people who was able to spend time in that house, you need to see the photos. I cannot explain how happy it makes me that house that brought so much joy to our large and loud family has been treated so well. What an incredible job!

The full slide show can be viewed here.

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