In a small home like ours, taking down a few walls can make a world of difference. What was once a tiny dining room, narrow kitchen, and sliver of a family room is now one large space that's bright and inviting. This newly configured open area runs the entire width of the house. That means that while at the kitchen sink, I can see the sunrise in the morning. And from the family room window, I view the sun setting across our front lawn. Plus, the abundance of windows has provided refreshing breezes this spring. Another perk: the family room's original stone fireplace can now be seen from the kitchen and dining room.
Enough talk — here's a tour! I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Embedded in the fireplace mortar is a 1935 penny, shown below. Our home was built in 1925, so perhaps this was left as a clue as to when the fireplace was added. Love it!
Within the first few moments of stepping inside, that tiny penny was just one of many details that immediately sold me on our endearing cottage, sweet cottage.