Last year Ellen Dwyer talked with several contractors, including Eric Jenness and Dave McCardle, on the design of a new front porch. “Initially I considered a longer midcentury modern design, but rejected it on the grounds that it would have reduced the amount of light the living room receives,” recalled Ellen.
“More than a decade ago, I had new cabinets and a new countertop installed in the kitchen and added a new stacking washer/dryer,” said Ellen. “The Bennington pottery seconds on the shelves were purchased on annual drives to Maine.” Photo by Lee Sandweiss
Possibly once a garage, the family room was a favorite hangout of Ellen’s children—son, Elliot, and daughter, Sara— when they were living at home. “The rocking chair is a retirement gift from the IU history department and much appreciated since I love rockers,” she smiled. Photo by Lee Sandweiss
“The yard used to consist of grass, several beautiful silver maples and vast swaths of invasive ground cover,” Ellen said. “Over time, sadly, the maples died, and I pulled up large quantities of euonymus. I have added a number of shrubs and perennials, especially to the front yard.” Photo by Lee Sandweiss
Ellen still has a photocopy of the original real estate listing for the home on South Park Avenue, which listed for $25,950, and featured “new roof and a new furnace” and a “lovely wooded lot.”
“Over the years, I have slowly made many changes,” Ellen explained. “Initially, every room was carpeted. I pulled the carpets up and found hardwood floors underneath. The living and family room floors were refinished some time ago, but the bedrooms and study still need work. Most of the windows have been replaced and the kitchen redone. To stop constant leaking, I eventually had a flat roof sloped and covered with a rubber membrane. In two installments over a decade, I also redid the family room, which one contractor conjectured had been converted from a garage by a previous owner with the help of friends and a keg of beer!” The home of her own | Homes & real estate | heraldtimesonline.com