From Rundown 1880s Farmhouse to Renovated Modern Masterpiece
Original story appeared on CountryLiving.com.
"Happily, we have a choice in this country," says designer David Drummond. "We don't all have to live in brand-new McMansions." Drummond's choice is a revolving door of restoration projects, the latest of which is an 1880s farmhouse in Pennsylvania's Lancaster Country. "This house was sitting vacant on the side of the road when I first saw it," recalls Drummond. "After I purchased the land, I had the house moved about 200 yards back from the road and turned to face the beautiful fields behind it.
In this photo:A new wraparound back porch and a striking metal roof gave the simple structure the grace and detail it lacked—not to mention a welcome outdoor living area.
Replacing the original roofing was a must, so Drummond stayed within the local vernacular by choosing a metal roof, albeit in a non-traditional style. Bumping out the back corner of the house eliminated the original porch. A new wraparound back porch solved that problem.
Where they could, Drummond and Martin salvaged the old materials. The siding, for example, is the original mahogany shiplap siding; Drummond found a local Amish sawmill the could copy the existing siding for a perfect match on the addition. "I tried very desperately to maintain all the visual things I loved about the house," says Drummond, "while bringing it up to our standards for living in the modern world."
"Kitchens and bathrooms should have every modern convenience —no matter what the age of the house," says Drummond. He used strong, saturated colors in warm tones to keep the contemporary space homey and inviting.
Drummond installed Pella's traditional double-hung windows with transoms for the breakfast-nook bump-out.
Ripped wallpaper and stained walls populated the dining room before Drummond's renovation.
To give the dining room a suitably strong foundation for his eclectic dining style, Drummond chose traditional architectural elements. New hardwood flooring gleams, classic wood paneling lines the walls, and deep crown moldings outline the ceilings.
In this photo:The dining table is an old seedling table Drummond bought from a nursery and fitted with a metal top; a pair or modern lamps balances the antique-style lantern; and contrasting colors stimulate the eye and the appetite.
In Drummond's interiors, one learns to expect the unexpected. For example: the subtle color underfoot in the gray-green floor; the offhand mixing of design styles, such as 1950s lamps and the 1860s tiger-maple cabinet; the highly detailed dining-table base and its aggressively simple stainless-steel top.
The dated wallpaper was the first thing to go when Drummond remodeled the living area.
Lush full-length draperies ease the transition between the living room and the adjoining entry hall. The wing chairs, ottoman, sofa, and side table is by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Drummond added a mix of ochre and brown shades to create cinnamon-colored flooring.
Soothing colors take over the master bedroom. Drummond added toile wallpaper on the ceiling, not the walls, and a vinyl-covered office chair lives in perfect harmony with an antique bench.
Drummond ripped out the existing tub to create a clean, calming bathroom.
To fashion a bathroom for two within a single space, Drummond decided to build a freestanding wall in the middle of the room. Twin console sinks with storage shelves for towels below and a mirror and articulating light fixture above create dual grooming centers. Instead of strong color, three different tile treatments lend visual excitement.
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