During the cookie-cutter home-buying boom of the early 2000s, David and Stella Fulton were ready to jump on the bandwagon. Already experts at gutting and remodeling old construction (they did so with 6 previous houses), they wanted a simple home that required little more than a moving van and welcome mat. But all that changed in 2002, when they first laid eyes on the Gates Mills house in Northeastern Ohio.
The house, built in 1832, seemed to be the exact opposite of what they’d originally hoped to find. They discovered, however, that the age was deceiving; the house had been immaculately maintained throughout the years. Perhaps the best part was that the remodeling had been completed as projects of past tenants, who added on a master bedroom, sunroom and mudroom to the original structure.
With its modest beginnings as a farmhouse inhabited by Joseph Leuty, one of the town’s original settlers, the home’s purpose may have changed but the integrity certainly remains intact. A mural of Gates Mills is a focal point in the dining room, a reminder to guests and homeowners alike of the historical significance of the property.
With this diamond-in-the-ruff sort of home, the Fultons only had to delve into one remodeling project of their own: a pool for their grandchildren. Something tells me that the Gates Mill house is one home this family won’t be so quick to move out of.