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Preserving History
creating their dream home while
H
aving grown up in a
farmhouse, it was always
Barbara's dream to go
back to that style of living.
When she and husband David learned
that a vacant 1789 stucco-clad stone
farmhouse (complete with a large
walk-in fireplace, a beehive bread oven,
18 " thick walls with deep window sills)
was for sale on 46 acres that included
a pond and a tree-lined lane, it was
too good to be true. So what if a friend
candidly described the house as " uninhabitable " .
Not
only did this property provide Barbara
with an opportunity to fulfill her
dreams of farmhouse living, it would
also give the couple the challenge of
preserving a historic relic while creating
a very comfortable, contemporary,
energy-efficient and very attractive
home.They both recognized the immense
potential and decided to go for
it. The year was 1992.
In addition to the poor condition of
the original stone home, there was
also an out-of-place looking 1960's
vintage ranch-style addition attached
to the back. Eventually it would need
to go, but the immediate priority was
removing the stucco and repointing
the stone, installing new windows, a
kitchen and furnace.
Years went by before the couple finally
decided to move on their plans to
create their dream home. According
to Barbara, " it took us 30 years
to figure out a sympathetic addition
that blended with the historic home
that could provide us the space for a
new kitchen, great room, large master
suite, laundry and office " . They had by
this time collected alot of ideas and
photos of what they wanted-it was
now time to find a contractor to help
make it happen.
As luck would have it, they stumbled
upon Kent Nolt and his team at LH
Construction (LHC) who were working
on a nearby stone home remodel.
They liked what they saw and they
definitely liked what they heard upon
a meeting. In short, both agreed that

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