were able to put out the fire before it destroyed the second
story of this Burlington house. Nonetheless, the master bedroom
sustained smoke damage and was restored in the rebuilding of the
home. The wall behind the bed is made from wood found in an old
barn on the property; the stone wall is part of the original
Reminders of the
2013 fire that destroyed their 1800s farmhouse are scattered
throughout the rebuilt Burlington home of Richard and Sharlene Pasko.
"We lost a
lot that insurance could not give us back; the sentimental things you
lose in a fire," Sharlene Pasko says.
But during the
months-long reclamation process, Pasko uncovered objects that could be
personally put in a lot of hours cleaning off all of the old brass
doorknobs (and other things) that were fire damaged," says Cheri
Ware, whose Delafield firm, Ware Design, undertook the cleanup and
rebuilding of the home. "These things survived the fire, so we
thought we wanted to honor them."
elements of the original farmhouse, such as the fireplace and
2-foot-thick stone walls, meld with the modern kitchen, complete
with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
kitchen table, which was also salvaged from the fire, is a charred
piece of barn door and a lantern. Including these and other objects in
the new home helped the couple as they recovered emotionally from the
not your run-of-the-mill remodel," Ware says. "We had to be
so careful because they were grieving. We had to allow them to cry, to
be upset, to start to put the pieces back together."
fire it was like, ‘What is going to happen to my life? Where am I
going to live?’ " Pasko says.
charred section of barn door hangs above the kitchen table. Both
were salvaged from the fire. The fireplace mantel is made from a
The couple have
been on the farm for 22 years and "live close to the earth,"
as Ware says. They have a menagerie of animals, including championship
Clydesdales, Scottish Highland cattle, pigs, 50 chickens and three
family dogs. There is also a large organic garden that Pasko tends,
from which she cans vegetables and dries herbs for the winter.
exterior of the 1800s Burlington farmhouse, which was virtually
destroyed in a 2013 fire, is similar to the original style of
the house. "The outside is still the same modest, humble
house that it had always been," says designer Cheri Ware.
"It just happens to look really cool on the inside."
The couple raises championship Clydesdales and Scottish Highland
decided to rebuild their home with the help of Ware Design. Steve Ware
took the lead in the restoration, working with the insurance company
and bringing in an engineer to make sure the foundation was stable.
The house was burned, with smoke and water damage. The master bedroom,
Ware says, was caked with soot. "It hangs off the ceiling almost
like cypress branches," she says.
The outside of
the house looks very much like the original structure, but on the
inside, the design is an eclectic mix of old and new. "I didn’t
want to lose the feeling of the old farmhouse, yet I wanted to make
things more modern," Pasko says.
2-foot-thick stone walls are a backdrop to the contemporary elements,
most notably among them, the very modern cook’s kitchen.
still has all character and legacy that they wanted to have,"
About 10 months
after the fire, the Paskos moved back into their home, feeling
grateful to friends and neighbors, and to Steve and Cheri Ware for
helping them through the experience. "Through it all, I
understand we were clients, but we met two new friends," Pasko