Location: 1506 Clinton Street.
Owners: Herb and Jan Masiuk, since 1988.
Constructed by: David M. Brock, around 1887.
Style: Victorian Cottage
Cosmetic features: This vernacular, T-plan home is elaborate in ornamentation, with a variety of decorative and architectural elements including gables and gable ornaments, and a variety of exterior textures achieved through the use of wood in different shapes and layouts. The inset porch along the front gable is typical for T-plan homes and includes decorative elements as well. The windows are tall and narrow. The home’s multicolor paint scheme highlights these many elements.
What work have you done on your house? “There have been many projects: wiring, plumbing, ductwork, roof, kitchen, 3 baths, to name a few. We had all the woodwork milled to match the original in other rooms. We’ve stripped and stained all woodwork, refinished floors, scraped wallpaper off every room, repaired or replaced clapboards, painted exterior, torn off the front porch and rebuilt more appropriately. We really like to do this kind of work. It’s therapy.”
What are your favorite features? “Curb appeal? When shopping, we didn't care. We wanted a home in need of work. We weren’t put off that it was in desperate need of a paint job. While our house needed lots of work, it was the location, neighborhood, good bones and exterior trim that interested us. Inside we liked the size of the rooms, hardwoods throughout, large closets, high ceilings, and attic space for a master bedroom. The area is walkable, the brick street is charming with mature trees that are gorgeous in the fall.”
“Restoring an old house will always take longer than you think. It was sometimes inconvenient, frequently dusty, and always rewarding. I’d do it again and do one thing differently. We’d put the hot tub in first.”