Imagine living in a home filled with creative eye and craftsmanship. Brian and Annie Weaver don’t have to imagine it because that is their life.
When the Weavers decided to move from Des Moines to Annie’s hometown of Winterset in 1996, Brian announced, “I’m not going to move into a home that needs work.” There were two houses on the market in their price range, and both needed work. Despite Brian’s previous comment, they chose between the two and settled their family into 412 W. Green St.
The Arts and Crafts style Weaver home was built around 1919 and has been the home of many families over the years. Annie has spoken to many Winterset residents about memories they have of visiting or living in the home.
For the first 10 years, Brian did very little remodeling to the house. They pulled up the light blue shag carpet and yellow linoleum to start, and Annie worked at making the house reflect their tastes. Then five years ago Brian reclaimed a 10-foot work bench from his dad’s shop. He repurposed this into a beautiful harvest table for their dining room. This table was the inspiration for the remodel and the transformation began through the vision of Annie’s eye and the work of Brian’s hands.
“He’s really good at all of it. He’s a creative engineer,” Annie says.
Their home is a beautiful mix of old and new. The history in the home is evident through the original front doors, the refurbished wood trim and the fireplace, which is one of the family’s favorite features of the home. They also adore the front porch, which is often enjoyed by family and friends, and Annie’s porch swing, which been in the family since she was a teenager. But Brian also made sure that all the comforts of new were a part of his remodel with beautiful interior lighting throughout, second floor laundry and a cozy basement TV room.
Brian is currently finishing their back porch, complete with outdoor fireplace, and two-story garage which houses Annie’s photography studio. Her photography business is appropriately named Imagine… After imagining it all and laboring with their own hands, they look forward to entertaining and simply enjoying their home.