No doubt the spring-fed stream that runs through the woods south of the home were an attraction for a General Store, blacksmith shop, and school that would eventually be built there. Now only the home, the timber frame barn, and a few other farm buildings remain on the original +6 acre homestead.
The home’s cottage architectural style was based of A.J. Downing’s and Alexander Jackson Davis’ vision of what a country house should look like. The Carpenter Gothic‘s steep pitched roof with a distinctive center gable and window ‘eyebrows’
During the interior remodel, a classic claw foot tub was the first feature added as a signature element to the property’s new beginning. Reconstruction flowed to a new galley kitchen with new French doors that could open to welcome the arrival of Spring. Throughout the main floor, ceilings were redone or replaced, floors were refinished or carpeted, and walls were stripped, insulated and decorated with crown moldings and decorative base boards. The wrap around walnut stairway railing was stripped and refinished and a double mantel fireplace was built in the living room, all adding to the home’s character.
The 1970’s era addition was rebuilt, adding a large walk in closet, as well as built-in cabinets in the master bedroom.
As practicality was a key theme in Downing’s design, the renovation of the core of the house included a new entryway utilizing the original salvaged front door with sidelights and transom, a new mud room and main floor laundry. A flower garden, with a small pond and water feature is enclosed with a white picket fence, adding to the cottage feel.
Legend has it the second floor was used as a rooming house during the early the 20th century. In its current use, a large dorm style bedroom is used as a TV/craft room. One of the other bedrooms was renovated into a cottage theme and a new bathroom was installed, complete with a deep soaking tub. The new owners will have the option of how they want to finish out the room off the cottage bedroom. It could be used as a closet, an office, or a nursery, depending on their need.
Every home needs a solid foundation, and this one is exceptional. Nearly two feet thick, the limestone and cement walls keep the basement cool and safe. A remarkably efficient heat pump with air conditioning was installed in the basement, keeping the home comfortable and affordable. As an all-electric home, OPPD bills averaged less than $250 per month for the last year.
Sharon Knutson, with Prudential Ambassador was selected as the realtor http://www.prudentialambassador.com
Sharon is a well known realtor in the area with a knowledge of acreages.
The acreage is located at: 19303 Buffalo Road Springfield NE 68059
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