Liz Page was pregnant with their first child in 2002 when she and her husband Mark first laid eyes on this charming New England-style home. Liz grew up in Massachusetts and the traditional home with the formal entry hall and central staircase just felt right.
She wrote a “tear-stained letter” to the owner saying “this is where we want to raise our family.”
The house became their home on Halloween, the night the neighborhood comes to life with hundreds of children trick or treating. While the house had great bones, it was in its original 1940 condition and needed updating. Construction began two days after her son, Douglas, was born.
They ripped up wall-to-wall carpeting to reveal mint-condition hardwood floors, and redid electrical and plumbing. To add a master suite, they built over the existing living room. The kitchen was remodeled and a mudroom added.
And just recently, they pushed out the back, adding a family room behind the living room, and an office on top, an extension of the master suite, for Mark, a marketing executive. In the end, they got exactly what they wanted: a charming family home that maintained the look and feel of the original.
Both their children, Douglas and Anna, attend St. Martin of Tours elementary school. Liz sought out Willow Glen Home and Garden to help choose comfortable family furniture paired with fun accessories as well as designing the back garden area with patios, trellises, stone walls, a fountain, umbrellas and patio furniture. The home was featured on the Rose Garden Homes Tour, benefitting St. Martin of Tours. It wouldn’t be complete without Jose Ibarra, who came in and worked magic with his floral designs throughout the house.
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