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Victorian remodel

Posted September 17, 2014 in Community Featured, Winterset
The Van Pelt family bought this 1875 Victorian home because it had “space and character.” Photo by Monica Pugh.

The Van Pelt family bought this 1875 Victorian home because it had “space and character.” Photo by Monica Pugh.

When Brian and Angela Van Pelt blended their family, the home at 703 W. Court fit their needs. In 2008, they made the 1875 Victorian house their home. While the home worked for their family as it was, Brian had a vision for remodel that would be a better design for them.

“We bought it because it had space and character,” Brian says.

“We also loved the corner lot and trees,” Angela says.

Some aesthetic remodeling happened before they moved in, but all of the changes happened as they needed the change. The kitchen was originally placed toward the back of the house. Brian knew he was going to move the kitchen to the center of the home the first time he saw the house. With that decision came others, which makes their home a mix of old with new and modern.

This is the first home Brian has completely taken down to the bare bones and remodeled. Remodeling was difficult at times because old homes typically aren’t square. During the tear out, an old mattress, paint cans and two 60-inch by eight-foot doors complete with hardware were found in the half-story crawl space. It is unknown whether those doors were original to the house because they don’t seem to fit anywhere.

The handrail to the staircase is believed to be original. The home features four bay areas with floor-length windows. The corbels and gingerbread are still intact on the outside of the home. Once inside, the reds, yellows and tans used for decorating mixed with a modern kitchen, and trims give the home a great mix of old with new and modern original design.

Brian’s office and the family room toward the back of the home are enclosed with unique sliding track doors which Brian fabricated himself. The laundry was conveniently moved to the second floor. The kitchen and dining area in the center of the home blend nicely with the front living room. Three bedrooms and a full bath complete the upstairs living area. With the exception of a few things to put finishing touches on, the remodel is done.

“I was most impressed with how good the plaster guys were in the old days at making things square,” Brian says.

Contact Darren Tromblay at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to be featured in a future “Where We Live” column of Winterset Living.

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