May 13, 2014
My asking price is $????? Give me a call!
Now let me show you what I looked like in 1889!
Here's a partial list of the
work they've done to me so far--
My full basement was reworked with new supports, beams, rim joists, floor drains - foundation additions were made to accommodate my new tower and my two storey back addition. A 3/4 bath was built in my basement and a side door was installed in a kitchen media extension so swimmers could enter and go directly to the shower instead of traipsing through the formal part of the house.
I was completely stripped down inside and out to my balloon-framed 20' stud walls and sheathing (I've got 10' ceilings down and 9' up), new triple pane windows were installed, and I am fully insulated with new electrical (the guy put outlets everywhere), plumbing, and a five zone hot water heating system plumbed in with vintage decorative cast-iron radiators. I also come with two fireplaces (not operational but beautiful that serve as a massive heat sink). Originally, I had a single front door with a vestibule. This was reworked into a vintage oak French door set with beveled glass. The pocket door was missing so the pocket was removed and placed between the front foyer and the back parlor. Vintage 8 foot oak doors were located and hung in the original pockets. An antique frosted glass cottage door was installed in the closet of the front foyer as a major focal point and a oak staircase from a Summit Ave brownstone was salvaged for installation in this foyer with this mantle and has a green marble entrance and original oak flooring. An antique oak main newel was placed at the base of this stairs. Antique lighting is used throughout where practical.
A three storey copper-topped tower with four teak skylights was added onto my southeast corner so that each floor could have a commanding view of the lake from
A wrap around front porch was built with a walkout deck above. I may need some inspiration on what this will finally look like, but this porch was planned to be bronze-screened with sawn balustrades so as to take advantage of the cool breezes off the lake on summer nights.
My attic was transformed from a triple hip/double gable into a quad gable with a balcony to the east and a vaulted tower room on the south overlooking the lake. My attic is insulated, vented and sheet rocked so this space can be used as a master bedroom suite, a self-contained living space, or just about anything you can think of that can exist in this roof-defined architectural space. Onto my north end, a 1024 square foot two storey addition was added with a four-car dual-heat garage space down and double dormer/sky lighted room above. Currently this space is used as a studio/workshop but could also function as additional bedrooms and baths, a media room, a self-contained living space, or exercise space. My garage has 11-foot ceilings and full span floor and roof trusses so it is open with no support posts.
I held onto my 1920's garage/shed that could store additional toys such as boats or cars and which likely could be improved to look like a vintage carriage house.
The mistress of the house loves to garden and has turned the front yard into a beautiful display of annuals and perennials some say "in an English garden" fashion.
picture 1, picture 2, picture 3, & porch view.
I need to give you a few more details about my room sizes and features. When I was built, I didn't have a tower nor did I have a second storey bay extension over the dining room. This extension allowed my owners to add a balcony in the attic above it. These additions to my rooms make it difficult to get exact sizes with these "old world charm" nooks. But I do have a large master bedroom retreat large enough for a king size poster bed (remember the 9' ceilings up), two dressers, and a walk-in closet next to a nook for a makeup vanity sink. Remember this front room is part of the tower with fantastic views of the lake and French doors that walk out onto the porch deck. I have another bedroom that is large enough for another king size bed & furniture with a spacious closet, sink, and a full bath. The smallest bedroom held a 3/4 bed, a large dresser, a wardrobe for a closet, a trunk, rocker and spinning wheel. The back office space has a second floor laundry. The downstairs has a tower room with a reclaimed slate/marble mantle from
Now that you know some of my most important upgrades, you'll probably want one final detail - at what price can you buy this historically significant structure on
If you'd like a walk-through to see for yourself, please contact Dave Colglazier at 651.429.2272 or 651.429.2222. In the mean time, they'll just keep working on me until someone really wants me enough to take their place as my steward. I hope you had a great time viewing my changes throughout the years and I hope you can appreciate what I've had to endure to be here today. Don't tell my current owners, but the last 25 years or so of my updating have been the best since I was built!