What original elements doesn’t this fixer upper Craftsman have? It has so many things going for it, including a short walk to Lake Hiawatha. The list? Original siding and exterior decoration, hardwood floors (under the carpets), natural woodwork, window seats, staircase, built-ins, tiled fireplace, coffered ceilings, cottage windows and paneling. Okay, the fixer upper does not have the original kitchen. I admit that is a big loss, plus no original bathroom. My husband salvaged floor-to ceiling cupboards, bookcase built-ins, trim and doors from Jersey Shore tear-downs, however, and reinstated a period kitchen in our 1915 American foursquare. I found a 1920 mint green Quality gas stove, moved the fridge into the pantry, refinished the wood floors and voila!
My husband also salvaged several clawfoot tubs for the bathrooms. I love the way they look, but on a practical level, I would prefer a modern shower. Sorry, old house heresy, but the shower curtains on the clawfoots suction cup you on all sides. When sciatica kicks in, it is difficult climbing over the walls of the tub, there’s no good place to hold the soap, shampoo and conditioner, the kids get water all over the wood floors, and we go through way too many shower curtain liners. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Fixer upper Craftsman. Enjoy small town living with beautiful Lake Hiawatha a block away! Bring back the beauty of this 2 story home with it’s unique and original features! New roof shingles are already done!