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THE

HOMES
ISSUE
CAROL J. ALEXANDER writes on home remodeling and lifestyle topics for
clients like This Old House, Family Handyman, PODS and RedFin. She lives in the
Shenandoah Valley.

How someone else tried to
make it better

In the 1980s, the homeowners needed a lower
level bedroom. To create one, they moved the
kitchen to the back porch and converted the now
vacant space. However, their plan didn't keep the
historical charm of the home, which was built in
1928, nor did it include the same quality of work.
A job that made life convenient for one family,
made it inconvenient for the next.
Why wait 20 years?
"That's a good question," says Curry. "First, it
was paid for. Second, I thought I might someday
want that downstairs bedroom for my mother."
And it turned out, she was right. Although
Janet 's mother lived in West Virginia, she
frequently visited the area because both Janet
and her sister lived within a few miles of each
other. Then, when in her mid-80s, Curry's mother
fell and broke her hip. From that point on, she
lived with Curry until passing from liver cancer
a few years ago.
But, Curry isn't getting any younger herself. So,

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the project needed to put the kitchen back where
it belonged and have the space for a future lower
level bedroom should the need ever arise. With
work to the back porch, bathroom, dining room,
kitchen and foyer, they did just that. Let's take a
tour, one room at a time.

The back porch
Coming in through the back door, Curry now
enters a combination mud/laundr y room.
Removing the kitchen from this area created the
necessary space to bring the laundry up from the
basement. "It's so wonderful to have the laundry
up here," says Curry.
Shelves right inside the door provide storage
for shoes and other items. A new set of Maytag
Bravo washer and dryer occupies most of the
room. Curry purchased them from Austin's
Appliance Center on Franklin Road. Perfect for
a mudroom, the Napa Grey tile floor hides any
dirt tracked in from the backyard.

ABOVE:
Moving the kitchen from
what was the original
back porch created
space for a beautiful
first level laundry room.

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