Schoolhouse Renovation: Heirloom in the Making
A hands-on couple totally transform a 179-year-old former schoolhouse, creating a cozy cottage home for their daughter
Heirloom in the Making
In the evenings after work and on weekends, from daybreak till well past dark, the little house latched onto Annette and Richard Andradez, nurturing their dueling passions: creating something new and honoring their town’s history. Over the course of three years, Richard rebuilt and Annette redesigned the 704-square-foot cottage, an 1838 former schoolhouse in New Paltz, New York, repurposing original materials and giving it a modern aesthetic that suits its current inhabitant, the couple’s 23-year-old daughter.
Shown: Richard closed up the original opening, on the left, where the master bedroom now sits, and put in a new door with a transom on the right, where a second entry had been added long ago.
Paint (exterior): Benjamin Moore’s Soft Fern
Front Door: The Door Jamb
Roof: Williams Lumber & Home Centers
Blue stone walkway and entry: Federal Block