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ELMIRA PLACE CRAFTSMAN

ELMIRA PLACE CRAFTSMAN

ELMIRA CRAFTSMAN

I purchased the home in January 2005. In 2006, I gutted the kitchen and added a breakfast room off the back and replaced the entire front porch. I also had the floors in the living room and dining room leveled. The hearth of the fireplace in the living room was so rotted out, if you jumped on it, it probably would have fallen in. So much of what I did, you couldn’t see! It took me awhile to get over the stress and inconveniences of all that construction. After some time, I still felt like the house wasn’t complete, especially every time I went up into the attic and looked around at all the empty space. So in May 2009, I started the renovation to build out the attic and expand the master bedroom on the main floor. I took 3 bedrooms on the main floor and made on master suite that includes a bathroom and closet. I then added a sitting area by the front entrance, which really opened up that space nicely. Upstairs I added 2 bedrooms and a bath, a sitting area, which I now use for sewing, and still, have some attic space for storage. The house now has 3 beautiful bedrooms and 3 full baths. Just this past fall, I painted the exterior. I went from a yellow house to a white house with dark blue trim!! It was like getting a new house without moving!!

As for the history of the house, it was built in 1915. The first occupant was N.A. Smith (widow) for a year or two, then J.W. Wilkinson (general merchandise) and Minnie L. Smith (saleslady for C&C Rosenbaum, millinery). I have heard that at one point the house was in very bad shape, and the backyard was almost a junkyard. I know this may sound crazy, but I feel the house has come back to life and is very happy. Not long ago, someone contacted me and said that she lived in the house when she was 2 years old. She said the house saved her family!! It really has been a joy to update this house! My favorite thing to do is sit on the front porch with my sweet border collier, a dog named CAT!! I love the neighborhood, neighbors and the charm and style of my beautiful home!

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