It’s all happening, guys! The renovation of our historic home is underway! It was a big decision to sell our house we’ve been living in for just under three years, and to make a big life change. But we are SO excited to be renovating a historic home– and one right near downtown Westport CT at that! Our whole family is really excited to be closer to the buzz of town, and the kids are even able to walk to school. Having renovated our current home a few years ago, I really feel like we’ve learned a lot about what we want and what we’d do differently through the process. We’re doing a bit more to this house than we did to the last one (like a looooot more. Yikes) so it’s nice to have had a little experience under our belts.
For the renovation process, we’ve been trying to use as many local Connecticut vendors as possible, and it’s been fun to include some of our friends in there as well! The ultimate goal is to create a great place to really celebrate the Westport community and to be a part of it– and it’s so fun to imagine our kids playing with all the other kids in the community, and running through our backyard for the next 12-16 years!
I’m really excited for you guys to see all of the changes we’re making to the house– but it’s important to note that our biggest priority is to maintain the charm and history of the home, which has always been one of the biggest draws for us in purchasing it! I know we’ve found a way to bring it’s livability in to the current era while also giving a nice nod to all it has been for the families who have lived there before us.
At this point in the renovation process, we are mostly still in the demolition phase. One of the biggest structural changes we are making to the interior of the home is to open up the kitchen to the family room area. Being a super old home, we knew that it was tough to figure out with complete certainty if there were any weight-bearing walls within the portion that we were tearing down– but we crossed our fingers! Unfortunately when the walls came down it was the worst of both worlds– not only was the major portion of what we were removing weight bearing, but it also had a portion of the plumbing and the electrical running through it. WOOF. It added a big cost and a couple more weeks to the reno process, but fortunately was easily solvable by bringing in a great plumber and electrical team. We ended up having to hire an engineer to assess the structure and install a steel beam across the width of the house that we are encasing and painting. The great news is that opening up the space has been a total game changer! I can’t wait until the beam is totally installed so we can take down the temporary walls that are in there now.
Stay tuned for more updates– I’m shooting another one soon since there have been so many big changes over the last week or so!
Photographs by Julia Dags