The Best Whole House Remodel 2015
What does it take to make it to the top? Take a tour inside this charming Craftsman and see
Kudos to the Stone family! They moved a whole house over land—and sea—and practically rebuilt it on its new site.
Take a tour of their home here and read the story of the move and house redo: A Century-Old Craftsman—Moved and Improved
Shown: The house set on its new site and new foundation, which allowed for a walk-out basement. A work in progress, the house's original front porch awaits paint as part of a forthcoming exterior redo.
Edward Stone in 2009, with the century-old house on cribbing.
During its move from the mainland to Orcas Island, near Seattle, the house had to roll under power lines.
Fiona and Edward Stone and their daughter, Molina, 9, kick back in their refurbished living room. They chose comfortable, easy-care furniture, like leather sofas. "We wanted rich colors that would hide dirt," she jokes. She made the curtains with burlap and had the cushions recovered on the armchair, a Craigslist find.
During the kitchen remodel, the Stones installed windows salvaged from a nearby house, DIY upper cabinets to match base ones found on Craigslist, and a vintage sink donated by Edward's parents. The family's English lab, Hunter, guards the back door.
The dining table was a joint project: Chuck Watters, a carpenter who helped with the remodeling, made the base, and Fiona made the top, using Douglas fir harvested and milled on the property. The homeowners built the wainscot and used a combination of beadboard (under the windows) and wallpaper they painted and stained for a distressed look.
Paint: Benjamin Moore's Rattan (upper walls)
Edward revived the linen closet off the master bedroom by stripping the door and drawer pulls, then painting the pulls black. Through-out the house, pale paint colors balance dark wood tones.
Paint: Benjamin Moore's Daphne (bedroom walls)
Fiona lifts a repurposed door that closes off the attic space when the family wants to conserve heat.
Pickled-pine tongue-and-groove planks line the ceiling in the newly finished space, which holds toys and a TV at one end, office space and a small guest room at the other.
The two-bedroom, one-bath Craftsman originally measured just 1,000 square feet. The homeowners set it on a new foundation, adding a 1,000-square-foot walk-out basement and a deck off the rear entry.
They finished the 500-square-foot attic, adding windows and walls and a guest
bed. A workshop, a chicken coop, and a farm stand were also added to the property.