Now the Robinsons are ready to reclaim the circa-1805 structure as a home for their family, which includes two young sons. While the house has all the basics to accommodate the foursome, a little extra attention will turn this very traditional, boxy house into a gracious family home. Local architect Colin Campbell has come up with a plan to enlarge the house and connect it to a small guest house on the property, which will remain a separate bedroom suite for visitors. The main house's new floor plan will give the family a luxurious living room with access to an expansive veranda, a large kitchen, a powder room, and a formal dining room downstairs, and two spacious bedroom suites upstairs. Outside, the scruffy yard will transform into formal gardens with a small resistance pool and a spa, restoring the colorful charm for which Bermuda's houses are known.
The project is set to finish up in four short months, thanks to local builder Alan Burland's hardworking crew — and a generous budget of $700,000. Then all this classic island gem will need to bring it back to life is the warmth of the four happy souls who'll call it home.