Clearly, I’m stating the obvious when I say I love a good home renovation…but, I love a good home renovation. Especially when it is a grand old 1870 Victorian Italianate with stunning details on all four levels, dream porches oozing out the front and back, gorgeous gardens, barns, and even one of the most clever/adorable chicken coops I’ve ever put my eyeballs on. Seriously.
Welcome to the historic Kraemer House in Berks County, Pennsylvania; creative HQ of the blog, GreenThumbWhiteApron.com, and home to weekend warriors, Brett and Rich, and their flock of eleven lovely hens (check out the Chicken Cam here).
Let’s just all take a moment to bask in the glory of this house. And when you’re done with that, take another moment.
And then let’s look back at it when Brett and Rich first got their hands on it:
I like to get a little melodramatic when I am talking to people about how hard it was to renovate (whilst simultaneously inhabiting) our 107-year-old house. Yeah…I’m gonna shut my mouth from now on. Brett and Rich’s house spanks our house in age, square-footage, and ugly bathrooms.
I present to you, Exhibit A:
Feast your looking-balls on the glory of the pre-renovation yellow gingham bathroom. The yellow gingham, carpeted bathroom.
Hurry and cleanse your palate with the incredible after:
Doesn’t everything feel right with the world after looking at this bathroom?
And while we started the house tour in the attic bathroom, let’s round it out with a glimpse at the adjoining attic bedroom:
Moving on down to the second floor, the house is just room, after room of fabulous befores and afters. The master bedroom is one of my favorite spaces in the whole house; it’s all at once modern and nostalgic, and I love the brick divider wall that makes this suite two rooms without making it two rooms. You feel me?
And let’s not not acknowledge how it looked before the renovation:
And the second-floor bathroom renovation? More good stuff:
Another gorgeous, light-filled bedroom resides on the second floor:
I adore the colors in this space!
Moving on down to the first floor–we have to immediately talk about the kitchen. It was a little bit…lacking, before:
It was so lacking, in fact, that it was selected by House Beautiful magazine as the winner for a $100,000 makeover!
The nearby living room is also a thing of beauty; so many period details painstakingly brought back to life! I love how the room gives a nod to its Victorian roots while still feeling completely modern and light-filled:
And check out this amazing custom built-in:
Oh, hey, Rich and Brett!!!
I could go on and on–there are so many more fabulous rooms in this house! Please do yourself a favor and head over to Brett’s blog, GreenThumbWhiteApron.com to take the full tour!
But before I shut-up completely, I have to give you a sneak peak of what’s happening outside the house:
Garden perfection is happening outside the Kraemer House. Complete. Garden. Perfection.
And remember that chicken coop I mentioned?
One half of it is this awesome potting shed:
Do you see what is happening here?!! The potting shed accesses the nesting boxes and chicken feeder of the next-door coop. I can’t even with the genius of this set-up. I can’t even.
The other half of the shed is the hen house:
Be sure to head over and visit GreenThumbWhiteApron.com, not only for the rest of the tour of this incredible house, but also to experience the crafting, cooking, gardening, decorating, and DIY inspiration that is Brett. This blog is a complete joy–go get you some. And be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and all the rest!
And also, just so everyone knows, I have dibs on the third floor guest room.