By the time DeGraw entered the picture, Mark and his wife, Lisa, had been in the house for five years and were the parents of two daughters. They had an idea of what they wanted to preserve and let go. "The kitchen was bad," Mark says, recalling a few stingy feet of counter space and a utilitarian electric stove. The small dining room, at the back of the house, zigzagged too far from the kitchen. The downstairs bath supplemented the one on the second floor but was hardly handy to the bedrooms. A screened porch off the right side of the house, a 20th-century addition, was terminally infested with carpenter ants and had to come down.
New double-hung windows and an apron sink echo the period look.
Windows: Smith Restoration Sash
, Providence, RISinks and faucets:
Shaws and Perrin & Rowe; rohlhome.comLight fixtures: Lighting by HammerworksCountertops: Stone Surfaces Inc.
, East Rutherford, NJ