Jeff and Jennifer Kuryluk, who were eager to move their growing family from a two-bedroom house in Fairfield, Connecticut, to one with four bedrooms and a little character, did the math over and over.
Eventually they realized they would be better off buying an older fixer-upper in a great neighborhood in the town they loved and enduring a gut renovation. With their son, Aiden, then 3 years old, and daughter, Mia, on the way, the Kuryluks knew they weren't taking the easy path.
They’re still perfect for first-time buyers and empty-nesters — or those who don’t want the cost (or hassle) of owning a huge home.
“We love the huge willow oak tree in front of our house and the weeping cherry tree in the back, but we were craving more light.” With the help of Tahani Share, an architect with Landis Architects/Builders in Washington, and Jeffrey Potter, a horticulturist with J&G Landscape Design, the couple added 475 square feet to their main level along with a flagstone patio and landscaped yard for outdoor living space.The couple paid 5,000 for their home in 2007, and the addition, completed in late 2015, cost 0,000, including a master bathroom renovation, a new patio, fencing and professional landscaping.The bushes around the house were trimmed to let more light in through the front windows.The result is simple and rustic, like the house itself.But if it hasn’t been restored, these fixer-uppers can cause many headaches.
For starters, Cape rooms tend to be small, with low ceilings and uneven floors.From 1615 to 1619 the Wampanoag suffered an epidemic, long suspected to be smallpox.Early twenty-first century research has suggested that it was leptospirosis, a bacterial infection also known as Weil's syndrome or 7-day fever.“We love it that we can walk to restaurants and shops and the Metro, but at the same time, we live in a quaint neighborhood,” says Marshall, a Unitarian chaplain who works at Riderwood Village, a retirement community in Silver Spring, and author of “Meaning and Spirit in Aging.” [Seven appliances that show where home cooking is heading] The couple, who share a love of midcentury modern furnishings and decor, found that the 1933 house worked well for them even when all four of their grown children visited, but after six or seven years, they realized the kitchen needed updating and that storage was a challenge.“We talked to a contractor about just updating the kitchen, and that company pointed out that we had space behind our house to expand our living space and bring in more light,” says Dibner, a commercial architect with the DLR Group in Washington.Their population numbered in the thousands due to the richness of the environment and their cultivation of corn, beans and squash.