An historical Pleasantville house, lived in for more than 50 years by Ruth Bell, is getting a total makeover, courtesy of local architects Tim and JoAnn Lener and builder George O’Reilly. The crew got the old beauty down to her original trim before embarking on the ambitious remodel. Tim Lener will send photos of the progress of the renovation, which is adding a modern addition to the back of the charming late 18th century house, seen here before work began.
The new addition will have an eat-in kitchen, a new mud room and side porch, and a family room with a gas fireplace, says Lener. The second floor will also have a separate laundry room in addition to the four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There will be a new HVAC system, a high-efficiency gas fire hydro-air system with built-in air conditioning.
Inside, it’s an open plan — for now, with walls down to studs and new framing and beams in place. You have to imagine where the kitchen was, where the living room was, the original wood plank floors creaking with every step, but oh the stories they could probably tell.
The old walk-up attic will have the potential to be a finished space as a playroom and will have an open stair from the second floor. Here’s what the back looked like just a week ago, along with Tim’s shots of the new framing