Brand New Front Porch On Our 1878 School House Renovation

Laura Carter Art

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We have been renovating our house, a red brick school house (circa 1878) for 10 years now.

When we first bought the house it was a duplex with an upstairs and downstairs apartment. The previous owners had renovated the school house in the 1970’s to make it into two separate apartments. We came along in 2004 and what looked like an eyesore to many looked like a potential dream home to us. We started by completely gutting the downstairs apartment to which we now have a large kitchen, front entryway with vaulted ceiling, living room (which we hope in the future to convert to our dining room) and our master bedroom. Off the master bedroom is a long, wide hallway with bookshelves and a window seat.

The upstairs is made up of a loft area (where I currently paint) with a small bedroom off to the side for our…

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