New York, United States
A 110-year-old farmhouse in Jeffersonville, New York has been brought back to life in a total home restoration by Lisa and Mark Hellman. Prior to the restoration, the 6,000 square foot home had been converted into a rental property with six units. A well-preserved clapboard exterior was unearthed, a new roof was put on, the porch was torn down and rebuilt and all 57 windows replaced. Having sat abandoned for nearly 25 years, the interiors were in dire need of restoration as well. Country Living published the renovation in 2016, revealing, “Lisa and Mark sealed up a side entrance in the kitchen, making room for a wide Viking stove, set against a slate-tile backsplash. Custom cabinets with antique glass panes and Restoration Hardware light fixtures add to the finished look, as does a built-to-order island.”
When the couple set out to renovate the entry hall and staircase they uncovered a variety of things. Country Living revealed, “The couple also uncovered gorgeous pine floors beneath grimy linoleum, but the boards were full of plumbing holes from the many kitchens and bathrooms that existed in the different apartments. Rather than replace entire planks, the Hellmans plugged up the openings with stoppers fashioned from branches found on their property — a charming personal touch that sure beats wood putty.” One of the interesting touches of the stairwell are the collection of paintings purchased from local flea markets. The couple only purchased art that included a house and each cost under $100. Photography by Anson Smart.