By Brad Litz
Real Estate Developer, Broker & Appraiser
When I last left you we had just moved back into our home after a major renovation and addition. I’m glad to say we are getting settled back in quite nicely and enjoying our ‘new’ old house. I want to thank our designer, Janice Pattee, as she always has a keen eye for modernizing while keeping the charm and character of the home firmly intact as well as my business partner, John Eaton, who knocked it out of the park with quality construction and finishes throughout.
We are happy with the new floor plan and functionality of the house. Our house is definitely one-of-a-kind and has undergone some transformations throughout its 88 year history although the main floor has stayed very close to the original design. Our second floor was a bit more functionally obsolete for a growing family, you see. We had an unusually large living room for an upper level, 2 massive bedrooms, and 1 tiny bathroom with a storage challenged pedestal sink. The layout worked well for a long time, but I was in need of some more firepower with the Litz household now having a 3-to-1 advantage of girls over boys. Closet space, bathrooms and privacy had quickly become a necessity.
Looking back on it, I think the best ‘take aways’ were first, allow an adequate amount of time to work with the intricacies of the older homes. Second, enjoy the process and make decisions for the future with a keen eye on the past. Finally, don’t force your pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter to live in a house during major construction. The last one being the one that sticks out most in my mind.
I certainly love and appreciate older homes and always try to be very mindful of the original character, but I think that modern conveniences and layouts can be afforded without sacrificing tradition. The houses in Meridian-Kessler and Butler-Tarkington are such great pieces of art and I love seeing the progression of the houses to keep up with the times without losing their history.
Alas, the spring real estate market has arrived. Look for lots activity in the coming months and many new neighbors. Our neighborhoods remain high in demand while inventory is still lagging behind, which increases property value. Keep up the good work neighbors and I look forward to seeing everybody back out on the walking circuit after this terrible winter!