For a long time, a house in York, PA, stood falling apart, its shingles and siding crumbling, and its once-beautiful details being slowly hidden under layers of dust and rubble.
It didn’t always look like the sagging, washed-out shadow of its former self, though. Built in 1887, this house was designed in the Queen Anne style, which features a lot of delicate brick detailing, contrasting trims, large porches, and lots of beautiful decorative details.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom house was beautiful and solidly built, but everything needs care if it’s to stay in good shape. And sadly, no one had cared for this house in a very long time, and had no one stepped in, the house might have been a total loss.
Luckily, though, someone saw its potential, and the value in restoring a piece of architectural history. After all, seeing different kinds of old buildings gives character to any area, and teaches us about what happened in days past. As one makeover showed us, there was a time when people bought their houses in kits from Sears.
Check out the makeover that this old house underwent, and see how beautiful it is today.
[H/T: Old House Dreams]
This was what the house looked like before anyone took an interest in it.
You can see its detail and beauty, but all of that was hidden under years of neglect and exposure to the elements. At this point, it was declared uninhabitable.
Luckily, though, it wouldn’t be long before someone would give it a second chance.
Today? It doesn’t even look like the same house!
Everything has been lovingly restored, and enriched with these warm, inviting shades of olive green, terra cotta red, and gold.
It certainly looks much more inviting, doesn’t it?
The inside has been restored, too, with the restorers salvaging what they could, and faithfully replacing what they couldn’t.
Today, the floors are composed, luxuriously, out of five different types of wood, and splashes of color and light come in thanks to these stained glass panels.
Each room is full of stunning details and accessories, all creating a feeling of timeless charm and coziness.
The rooms have all been decorated carefully, and each one has its own vibrant color scheme, like this pink dining room.
And the kitchen is a wonderful slice of history, too.
Of course, it’s complete with modern appliances, because there’s no reason you can’t have historic charm and modern convenience!
There’s a cozy stove, perfect for curling up next to with a good book.
Upstairs, each of the five bedrooms also has its own decorating scheme and unique charm.
Right now, the house is actually licensed as a bed-and-breakfast, and would really be a perfect little getaway.
Of course, it could be used by a family as a home, too.
There’s even this lovely, sunny room that would be perfect as a workspace.
And there’s a little hideout in the finished attic, a great place to hang out on a rainy day and chat, play, and craft.
As you can see, there are already some hobbies up here, like a guitar and even a spinning wheel — not exactly a common hobby these days, but being in this house, you might want to give it a try!
It’s amazing what kind of transformations can take place when someone sees under the dirt and grime to the beauty underneath.
Oh, and it’s for sale, so if you know anyone who would love to live in a slice of 19th-century history, SHARE this stunning home with them!