When most people purchase a home built some three decades earlier, gutting and starting from scratch seems like a logical path to take. But when Peni and Mel Warren purchased their 1974 home in the Pennwood neighborhood of Dover, they had no intention of changing the original structure of the home. Instead, they embarked on 10-year remodeling stint where no walls were removed and no rooms were added.
Upon purchasing the home, the Warrens were clear that they wouldn’t be moving anytime in the near future- if at all. Thus, they decided that tackling one large remodeling project a year was a viable way to go. They began by repainting the Williamsburg blue woodwork in white and completing a large renovation of the kitchen and family room.
This part of the remodel consisted largely of removing a pocket door between the two rooms, moving the kitchen’s cooktop to the island facing the family room, then adding white cabinets and granite countertops along with stainless steel appliances. The family room was given a more expansive feel when the ceiling was raised 3 feet into the original attic space.
After completing this first project, the Warrens have since revamped the secondary bathrooms, added a master bath, replaced the flooring treatments in the dining room, family room and kitchen and remade the basement into an entertainment area.
When it came time to decorate their beautiful new abode, Lucy Findlay of Partners in Design lent a helping hand. She found unique accessories to complete the design scheme and also built custom swags for the windows.
Luckily, the Warrens still feel the same way about their house after years of renovations. Now they get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor.