December 2004 Clapboard House
Location: Grosse Ile, Michigan
When the Jenson family impulsively moved from California back to their home state of Michigan, the first thing they did was purchase this Grosse Ile farmhouse, which not only needed a lot of repairs—but a new plot of land to rest its weary bones. In 2006, the Jensens cut the 1836 Italianate in half and moved it clear across the island. If that weren't enough, they also added a master bedroom suite and a full wrap-around porch. While the farmhouse is still a work in progress—landscaping is next on the agenda—the Jensens should be commended for doing all they possibly could to save and preserve this nineteenth-century treasure.