Hi! Over the past decade I’ve done two full house renovations, and while the web is awesome for fact finding, I didn’t find much real unsolicited wisdom about renovating an old home on a budget. It is my hope to share my experience working with contractors, architects and suppliers as you contemplate any sort of home renovation.
I have two beautiful kids and a husband who has been with me every step of the dusty renovation road. Recently, we added this little nugget to the family…Ellie the Mini Goldendoodle.
When I’m not obsessing about the home hit list, I’m making tv shows, AKA directing and producing and being overall creative boss lady.
About The Manse
“The Manse”, is an 1835 farmhouse I now call HOME. I call her The Manse because before we owned her, she was home to the local pastor (since 1900).
We live just outside New York City, yet you’d never know it. Beautiful rolling hills, and lots of farms are a wonderful contrast to NYC.
If you’re into architecture, the style of the Manse is an “I-House” with a Federal influence. I-Houses are in the Vernacular category which means they were built using whatever was available. That fits for me, as I was raised to re-purpose and recycle, and use what’s available. The house originally had 3 rooms up and down, and it was added onto over time.
During our renovation, we added a 4th bedroom. We improved the floor plan, added LOTs of storage and replaced plumbing and electrical. We updated for how we live today while staying true to her “bones.” She’s a NEW old house.
It’s an amazing feeling bringing this house back to life.
It’s possible to dream it, to live through it, and not get divorced or bankrupt over it. Really.
I wish you lots of love and energy as you create a space that will give you peace and joy for years to come!