When Stephanie Fountas moved home from Tennessee, she needed a house because of her dog. “But I didn’t believe I would ever buy a house in Winterset,” she says. Fountas’ story and a half home had been on the market for two years. While she was at work, her mom was at home bidding on the house. They thought they lost it but the first buyer fell through and the house became hers.
It took a another year for all of the paperwork to be completed. When she took possession in October 2013, her and her family went to work. Part of the ceiling had caved in and suffered water damage. Nothing structural was changed in the house but there was lots of work to be done. In three short months, the entire home had been restored. Fountas, and her dog Stoli, named after the vodka, moved in to their miniature victorian home. “It’s Stoli’s house more than mine,” Fountas says.
The exterior color of the house is Easter blue which is a time period color for a house built in 1885. Just off the front entry is the dining room. It has a deep built in china hutch in one corner. “The chandelier here is one thing I fell in love with,” she says.
The galley kitchen is off the dining room. She intended to keep the original cupboards. But an opportunity to install an antique stove prompted their removal. Unfortunately, the stove wasn’t installed. But she enjoys the new cherry cupboards which replaced the old ones.
The living room has a floor length bay window and tall ceilings. The library showcases a charming petite coal burning fireplace. The chimney is closed off and it no longer functions but the gingerbread shelves and olive green tile flanking either side are a treasure to the home.
The downstairs guest bedroom has its own bathroom which was reset in the remodel.
Two bedrooms plus the sleeping porch bedroom and a remodeled bath are upstairs.
All of the colors in the house are shades of teals, taupes, and purples, with the exception of the upstairs pink bathroom. “I wanted a new house that was still old,” Fountas says, “These are good old houses that just need some love.”