Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Our Tudor Home

Hello, there!

I'm proud to say that our Tudor went on the market today. After working on it for a year, Tom and I are thrilled with how everything turned out.

To recap, we purchased it in early 2016, and spent most of last year renovating. Here's what we did: gutted a bathroom, updated a powder room, finished the third floor, upgraded to a new two-zoned AC system, insulated the roof, replaced the asphalt roof tiles with Vermont slate, installed custom built-in bookcases and plantation shutters, added ceiling beams, painted walls, refinished floors, etc. This was going to be home for a long time, so everything had to meet our standards. There was even a plan to convert the side porch to an enclosed sunroom for my topiaries.

Then our dream cottage, which we stalked for years, became available in December. It's the same size as our Tudor, in the same neighborhood, and built around the same time (late 1920s). The biggest difference is the lot. The cottage is another small home, but on a large lot with fabulous garden potential. And it needs updating so we just couldn't say no to another project 🔨🏡!!

Tom and I are selling the Tudor not because we don't love it, but because we found another home that we love even more. BTW, the cottage will be house number six for us (in the last 20 years)!

Helping us with this sale is good friend and expert realtor Mary  Lynn White. This is the fourth house that we've entrusted to Mary Lynn and her team. Regardless of size and price, they treat each of our homes with the same level of attention, professionalism and passion. Tom and I couldn't imagine buying or selling without Mary Lynn.

There will be open houses on Saturday (18th) as well as Sunday (19th). Please contact Mary Lynn here for info. And please help spread the word. Thanks very much!  UPDATE: THE OPEN HOUSES ARE CANCELED AS WE ARE UNDER CONTRACT. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.  
Our enchanting brick and stone Tudor for sale! Note the dramatic tall chimney, stone lintels and arched front door. We had the slate roof, copper gutters plus downspouts installed. The curved walkway is granite with brick edging.
Please come inside! The entry foyer is small but so sunny thanks to two windows along the staircase. There is also a deep coat closet. Speaking of staircase, I had the beautiful wool runner custom made; it continues to the upstairs hall.
A view of the dining room and kitchen from the foyer. I designed the arched doorway to repeat the arched front door. In the dining room, Tom and I installed, with the help of carpenters, pine ceiling beams after personally distressing and staining them ourselves. We spent many hours figuring out proportions and placements. They ended up being beautifully centered over the windows, fireplace and doorway to the living room; it took much effort to get everything to line up.

Also, I designed the wall of built-in bookcases to house my art books and creamware china. Now the room feels like a library as well as a dining room. It's a pleasure to dine, casually and formally, surrounded by treasured books. 

I love designing built-ins, and have done so in every home we've owned. Tip: when adding built-ins, try to incorporate existing moldings such as crown, casing and baseboard to make them look original to the house. 
Let's move into the living room with its lovely bay windows that bring in abundant light all day. Actually this used to be the dining room. I knew it would make a bright, warm and comfortable sitting room with its southern exposure and views to the garden. It's cozy and private. French doors can be closed for even more privacy. 
Since there isn't a family room, our TV is here inside the Swedish armoire. In the evening, you'll find us on the down-filled George Smith sofa watching favorite shows like The Crown and The Great British Baking Show.
We'll occasionally pry ourselves out of the sofa to come into the kitchen for a cup of tea. Honed soapstone countertops and crisp white Shaker cabinets give the kitchen a timelessness. There is radiant heating under the painted linoleum floor.
Two of the four bedrooms upstairs. All bedrooms on the second floor have new plantation shutters. They also have their original paneled doors with glass doorknobs and brass plates.
Two bedrooms share a charming Jack-and-Jill bathroom updated in a vintage style.
A completely renovated bathroom with marble hexagonal floor. 

For more info, please email Mary Lynn. Don't forget to spread the word. Many thanks! UPDATE: THE OPEN HOUSES ARE CANCELED AS WE ARE UNDER CONTRACT. MANY APOLOGIES.

xo
Loi
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37 comments:

  1. Hello Loi, It must hurt selling a house into which you have just put so much work. Good luck with the sale, and with the new house.
    --Jim

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  2. Gah! It's sooooo good! I'm sure you'll have no problem selling it. I'm so stinkin' excited to see what you do at the cottage (especially in the garden) that I just can't wait.

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  3. Hi Loi,

    Your beautiful brick and stone Tudor, although traditional in origin, has a timeless quality because you and Tom have lovingly updated it, adding some new features like the curved archway and plantation shutters. I'm sure it will sell quickly, but best of luck, anyway!

    Looking forward to seeing the coveted cottage and the gorgeous gardens you will create there!

    xx
    Poppy

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  4. I love it, it's perfect <3 Best luck with selling it!

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  5. Well no surprise that it's absolutely beautifully decorated; great to see your work. I'm sure you will be letting it go with mixed feelings, having put so much work and love into it, but no doubt that will reflect in what sale price you achieve. All the very best luck with that.

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  6. oh i love tudors- what a beautiful home!

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  7. I love it Loi! I can't wait to see your next project.

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  8. Such a beautiful home! I think it will sell in record time!
    Shelley

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  9. Tudor homes are my favorite style! Your home is stunning! I'm sure you you'll have no problem finding a buyer. In fact I'll bet people will be fighting over it. I'm so looking forward to seeing your new home and the magic you'll perform on it!

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  10. OH my goodness I adore it! I wish I could move right in. Spectacular job!

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  11. What a truly beautiful home - you are so talented. It must be hard to leave such a lovely home - but you must be so excited about your next project ! Best of luck to you both !

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  12. Loi, It is charming!! I bet it sells super fast. Congratulations on your dream cottage. I can't wait to see what's in store for this new adventure. xoxo Mary

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  13. This house has amazing street appeal with the brick and stone and interesting architecture. You two did a fabulous job with this home, but there is no surprise there. I think the two of you are masters at putting your magic touch on homes. Six homes in 20 years - wow! I love the wall of builtin shelves in the dining room. Can't wait to see the new cottage you two have purchased.

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  14. Loi,
    Congratulations on finding the ideal cottage. I know you and Tom will make it magical. This tudor is so charming and I'm certain it will sell quickly. We're gearing up to list our cottage of 35 years. We're ready for a change and a little less yard to work on.
    xo,
    Karen

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  15. Your posts always inspire me to edit, edit, edit and really relax in the calmness that results in simple rooms. I hate to see you leave this beautiful home, but look forward to following your next project! Bravo and best of luck. P.S. I have kept 3 topiaries alive and thriving this winter (in the Chicago area no less) but worry if I'm away more than a few days because of the care they need. Any tips on how to guarantee they get enough water?

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  16. Oh Loi, your Tudor is stunning!...You have done (as always) a fantastic job in renovating it. It is like a picture out of a story book! I cannot imagine this home lasting through the weekend!...I am so happy that you and Tom finally got the cottage of your dreams!

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  17. LOI!! I am dying over this home!! It is sheer perfection! I even made my sweet hubby come and look at all your images. I could move right in and not change once single thing!! Oh MY, talk about smiling through an entire post, that would be ME!! Can't wait to see your charming cottage and hear about all the plans you have for it. So happy for you and Tom!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Kathysue

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  18. So much of this house reminds of our house in the Hudson Valley! Built in 1923, Tudor style and the front door and hallway. Ah, it brings it all back. And those radiators: they are a joy to live with! This is lovely and now can't wait to see the new renovation...

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  19. Hi Loi - oh my, another lovely house has been transformed into an amazingly beautiful home - you and Tom are so fantastic!
    I can imagine the work that went into everything - but those beams must have been the most difficult. They look great and certainly make the dining room/library a charming space. I love it all and know it won't be on the market for long - lucky the new owners who reach out and grab it!
    Loi, was the interior trim already painted white when you purchased? Or, being a Tudor, was all the woodwork stained?
    Love the farmhouse sink. In the last bathroom pic I'm really interested in the double towel bar - I'd love one of those.

    Lovely to hear a little about the new dream cottage - you have definitely tweaked our imagination and can't wait to see more in the near future! Good luck with yet another move dear friend.
    Hugs from us both - M&B

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  20. Beautiful! I would buy it in a heartbeat if only I didn't live, work and have family here in Melbourne Australia. Good luck with the sale.

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  21. Dearest Loi, WOW!!!!!!!!! You and Tom are brave and energetic! Brave to let go of such a gem, but how wonderful that another dream home came up for you and that you are able to purchase it. This home has received such perfect renovations that only you and Tom could envision and realize. BRAVOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Now, I can't wait to see your dream home!

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  22. CHARMING!!!!!!!
    CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE COTTAGE!

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  23. WOW WOW WOW! I love it all! It looks so beautiful and I am sure that its new owner is going to be thrilled to own this beautiful house. I hope that it sells ASAP. Have a wonderful weekend Loi and Tom.

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  24. Olá,
    que sonho essa casa. Amei os tijolos aparente, muito lindo.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

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  25. So excited your dream house became available and can't wait to follow along on the renovation. Your current house will be gone in no time - it's perfection! Happy weekend, Loi!

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  26. Loi it's beautiful, and I'm so excited to see what you and Tom accomplish in the new place. I wanted to drop a line to say congratulations and quick sale, but also to tell you about a little sale I'm having on my blog of my interior design and coffee table books. They've been hoarded for far too long, and it's time that someone else enjoy and be inspired by these barely used beauties. As I know you're keenly interested in interiors, I thought maybe you'd be interested - or could perhaps pass it along to someone you think may be! Hopefully there's something posted that'll catch your attention! Here's the direct link: http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com/2017/02/buy-my-copy.html

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  27. Hi Loi,

    This is so beautiful and I know you will sell it in a nano second. But as always, I looked at the images first before reading and as I was looking, I was thinking that there was something a little dare I say, je ne sais pas-- not-quit-you, dear twin. lol I hope that doesn't sound negative because a little something not-quite-you, would be a 10+++ for me.

    And then when I went back and actually read that this is NOT your forever home, it made sense. But, it's always wonderful to see anything you do and I know that the next one is going to be beyond the beyond! My favorite rooms are actually the bedrooms (that Oushak is to die for) and the bathroom! Can I please just have the bathroom? It would be perfect in my Tudor apartment! xoxoxo ~ Laurel

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  28. Loi... that house is not going to last long on the market. It is gorgeous!! Good luck with a smooth selling process. Have a great weekend.

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  29. How beautiful Loi! I love everything you've done - your hard work and attention to detail is clear. I'm sure it will be snapped up quickly. Good luck with the new project, it sounds very exciting (especially more garden!).

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  30. Loi it's a funny thing dreams ... they come true and you wind up following your heart. You and Tom after 6 houses in 20 years probably could turn any house into a wonderment of beauty, grace and style. You have amazed us with your transformations as in this beautiful Tudor and will once again with your dream cottage and magical garden. Congrats to you both.
    xo

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  31. Wow oh wow, Loi! This is so gorgeous so your new home must really be nice, or will be, if you are letting this go! Can't wait to see the next home.

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  32. No wonder and not surprised you went to contract so quickly Loi. You and Tom did an amazing job and I can't wait to follow your adventures with the new home! xo

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  33. oh, loi, it's so beautiful! what lucky folks will get to enjoy your designs and lovely renovation. and now you've inspired me to craft a tudor post! xox

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  34. So fresh, so beautifully renovated. The chimney is a wonderful feature. Good luck with your sale and your new dream home.

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  35. Loi, it's so perfect! But I'm looking forward to the next one. I know it will be spectacular!

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  36. How gorgeous - and how exciting to be about to embark on another one! I love that you buy a house and actually finish the project - I feel as though Hill House has been in a constant state of 'project' for the past seven years - haha! Good luck with your move. xxx

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