Set In Stone
A Dover couple converts a 1960s brick rancher into a modern-day castle on a lake. And talk about a view.
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The homeowner made that happy discovery when exploring his options regarding a mid-century brick rancher in Dover once owned by his parents.
In addition to memories, the house boasts sweeping views of Silver Lake, a 167-acre reservoir at the headwaters of the St. Jones River.
The homeowner, a developer, and his wife, a former teacher and avid collector of antiques, brought the house into the 21st century, retaining part of the original floor plan while giving the property an updated look and feel.
“I enjoy a project,” he says.
His parents had visualized a home for an active family. For this couple, the new design is in keeping with their current stage in life as empty-nesters with grown children and grandchildren.
The main level is devoted to everyday living and entertaining, with an open floor plan that encompasses a gathering room, dining room, kitchen and formal living room. A two-car garage now has a starring role as a home theater. Two small bedrooms and a bath were gutted and transformed into a master suite. Outside, the original brick has been resurfaced with stone.
A loft topped with a cedar-lined cupola is a masculine getaway for him. The walk-out lower level has been reconfigured to include an informal seating area around the fireplace, a small wine room and two guest bedrooms with baths.
“He has the vision, that special ability to see through the walls,” she says. “After the walls are up, I can see how I want to decorate them.”
Throughout the house, she has created artistic vignettes, grouping various collections of antiques. A high niche in the dining room is large enough to display vintage children’s furniture and playthings, including a school desk and a Schoenhut piano.
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