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The Before-and-After Photos of This New York Farmhouse Will Blow You Away

Country Living logo Country Living 1/09/2017 Elizabeth Finkelstein

You'll Be Blown Away by the Transformation of This New York Farmhouse © Select Sotheby's International Realty You'll Be Blown Away by the Transformation of This New York Farmhouse If she had been anything like most people, the current owner of this 240-year old farmhouse in New Scotland, NY would have taken one look at the timeworn property and run for the hills. Perhaps she would have, had her heart not already fallen head-over-heels in love with the Saltbox house-which, at least in her mind, she "bought" the minute she saw it. "It spoke to me, and I envisioned the potential, although it had to be uncovered," she recalls. "It was pretty rough!"

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That was back in 1999, and indeed the property-which also includes a barn, two outbuildings and a pond-had seen better days. With its linoleum floors, Formica and drop ceilings, the home looked more 1960s than 1780s. The beautiful, brick Rumford fireplace-today one of the home's showstopping features-was hidden under a thick coat of red paint.

The task at hand was daunting, but here was a buyer with an appreciation for older homes and an overwhelming desire to bring this one back to life. And thus the labor of love began.

Quirks aside, there was, and remains, much to love about the farmhouse, which in its restored state is currently for sale with Sotheby's International Realty. Built by a Scotsman for his family using wood taken directly from the property, it's a simple, unfussy kind of place, and this is the current owner's favorite thing about it. Since purchasing the home, she's worked tirelessly to imbue it with the kind of worn-in charm that characterizes the best old houses. She loves that the floors are slightly imperfect, and that the objects inside show signs of having been made by hand. Nearly everything in the home has been salvaged from somewhere else or hand-built using reclaimed materials. "I tell my visitors that if you were this old, you'd have chips, nooks and crannies, too!"

Today, thanks to her keen eye for design and obvious desire to do right by the home, the farmhouse is scarcely recognizable as the place it was 18 years ago. It's a testament to what a bit of good will, hard work and TLC can do for a home. Let this be an inspiration to old house lovers everywhere.

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The Rumford fireplace was taken apart and rebuilt with the same bricks, but facing the opposite direction in order to hide the paint (Those bricks, incidentally, were used in a prior life as ballasts for Dutch ships). Paint was scraped, faux finishes were removed, and reclaimed wood was put to work to add warmth and coziness to the interior.

The farmhouse kitchen is a glorious mish-mash of pieces, and recalls kitchens of yesteryear, which never featured the matching rows of identical cabinetry that we so often see today. A fully-functioning 1931 Chambers stove feels right at home here. And if the kitchen beadboard looks like something that could be plucked straight from the walls of an old schoolhouse, well-that's because it was.

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"This is a good place to live," the current owner says, "for those who value the simple things in life: nature, family, friends, peace and quiet." Despite the remarkable job she's done on the property's physical components, when asked what she'll miss the most about the home, she names "the spring air with the peepers serenading the onset of a new season."

The next owner of this home will not be living in a perfectly pristine house, but that is precisely what we love about it. It's a sturdy house, a solid house-a house that's been well loved and will no doubt be standing for centuries to come. And that's just about as "perfect" as a house can be, in our book.

Needless to say, one very lucky buyer is poised to hit the old house jackpot.

© Eleanor Linda Design & Photography © Eleanor Linda Design & Photography

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