“I was immediately drawn to the flow of the house, with its grand porches, high ceilings and huge center foyer with large rooms extending off of it,” Jim says. “I knew that with the right millwork and finishes, each room would feel warm and inviting in spite of its large size.”
He sold the home’s original radiators to a radiator restoration company and gave the original windows to a local window restoration company. He ordered a custom-made beam for the curved front porch. The rubber porch roofs were replaced with decking, so they became usable outdoor spaces. The unfinished basement was made into a two-bedroom suite with a full bath, a wine room and a kitchenette. The unfinished attic was fitted with two bedrooms and a bath.
All of this work took 10 months to complete.
The house wasn’t insulated, so Jim added spray-foam insulation to the entire home, as well as new windows and a new roof, to make it more energy efficient.
The couple merged traditional details with bright contrasts. The living room’s rich, old-fashioned millwork was painted white, and the dark hardwood flooring was combined with “Manhattan-style” contemporary luxe furnishings.
Textures, prints and bright, bold artwork provide pops of drama. Millwork and some custom cabinetry were done by Refined Renovations. Much of the home’s custom cabinetry was made by the DiSalvos of Pridecraft, a North Andover company. Interior designer Nancy Boughton worked on several of the rooms, finding unique items like paisley chairs, beaded curtains and a leather-stitched rug.
Oil painting above couch: Peter Roux; paisley chairs: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; coffee table: Restoration Hardware; leather-stitched rug: Stark Carpet; sectional: Arhaus Furniture
Originally the kitchen was half the size it is now, with maid’s quarters taking up a good part of the space. The pantry had been removed, so the Buhrers built a new one with an old-fashioned swinging door into the dining room.
Wall paint: Silver Chain, Benjamin Moore; range: Thermador; dining chairs: Ethan Allen
Counters: Absolute White granite; counter stools: Comfort Square, Pottery Barn
“Interior designer Darlene Allen of D Allen Design calls the chairs ‘three-hour chairs,’ and that’s exactly how long we like sitting in them,” adds Robin.
Side chairs: Jessica Charles; paisley end chairs: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Plumbing fixtures: Grohe; marble: Pearl White; all paint by Benjamin Moore: Shoreline (walls), Graytint,(ceiling), Simply White (trim)
Trunk: Pottery Barn
Comforter: Pottery Barn Teen
The original wood balusters and railings were replaced with PVC, which stands up better to New England’s snow and rain.
“The house really comes alive when it’s full of family during the holidays, or friends and neighbors during a charity function,” says Jim, shown here with Lauren, Michael, Robin and Bartlett.
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