second-floor master bedroom in the Victorian home
for sale in Derry, Pa.
people are fortunate to make a living doing what they
love. Take Amy Stoner. The Ligonier, Pa., resident was
educated as a speech therapist but turned her love of
homes into a business.
have always had a passion for real estate and interior
design. I spent hours scouring books about house plans,
and it’s my true love — interior design and
architecture," she said. "Those high school
tests said I should have been an architect."
look at this home confirms that. "I like to find
homes that are out of date and that have good bones and
character. Victorian, arts and craft style homes. I like
to bring them up to date, keeping the integrity and
five-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home was the eyesore of the
street. "I could see that it had good bones, a
diamond in the rough on a street with beautifully kept
Victorians." Now, after a year of restoration, it’s
ready for a new owner.
home had old aluminum white siding, with soffit and
fascia falling off, and the roof was leaking," she
said. "We installed new vinyl siding, new shutters
and a new roof."
hydrangea was planted consistent with the era, and the
aluminum awning received a new paint color to match the
windows were reglazed and storms added. "The
original wood windows, they have the lady glass."
the 7-by-12-foot foyer with wood paneled staircase and
carved balustrades were all intact. "It winds up to
the attic and is in really good shape. All of the
baseboards were all here." A 6-by-6-foot reading
nook with a window seat peeks onto the porch.
typical Victorian layout stayed intact with a
14-by-14-foot living room with a tall, carved oak mantel
as its focus point. The original facade was missing a
few tiles and could not be matched. "I even checked
salvage yards. I got a quartz smoky glass subway tile in
Fiji green. We installed a new tiffany shade to keep
with the period."
dining room and kitchen area were reconfigured, moving
doorways and walls.
kitchen was this tiny, tiny little room. I made that the
first-floor laundry." She moved the door entry 3
feet to the right to enclose the 7-by-6-foot galley
space. Original kitchen cabinets were painted green and
a tin tile backsplash with butcher block counters were
allowed for the previous casual eating area to become a
12-by-11-foot kitchen and the 13-by-15-foot formal
dining room to remain as the primary eating space.
dining room stained glass window is a custom-made piece
created by Glenn Greene’s Stained Glass Studio in
Regent Square. "The transom had a crack in it. We
worked on some designs and I wanted to pull the colors
of the house into the glass, the middle has a diamond
crystal, when the sun shines in, it shines a prism
around the room. It makes the room."
iron-arm chandelier and gold paint complete the look.
kitchen is a wonderful mix of new and old, thanks to
farmhouse-style cabinets in white from the Ikea Akurum
love Ikea. The cabinets are slow-close with rubbed brass
pulls and the farmhouse porcelain sink is from
block countertops connect back to the laundry-room look
and appliances in stainless steel add a crispness.
"The dishwasher is hidden behind a panel."
kitchen floor is a wide-plank floating floor, the only
one in the home that could not be saved as it was buried
under layers of vinyl and glue. The rest of the home has
the original hardwoods.
new 4-by-6-foot powder room was carved out of the new
configuration and features Victorian-style hot and cold
knobs with an updated vanity.
second floor has four bedrooms. The master is 12 by 13
feet and features white walls and a new Edison light
fixture with an oil-rubbed bronze chain from Smith &
second and third bedrooms are 12 by 12 feet and 10 by 13
feet. One is painted yellow and staged as a little girls
room with an open arm chandelier; the other is staged as
a rustic boys room. Two of the bedrooms have walk-in
closets. The fourth bedroom is 8 by 9 feet and was used
as an office.
bathroom restoration features white wainscoting and
hexagon tile in black and white, a farmhouse Ikea Hemnes
vanity and wall mirror. A built-in linen nook got a
remodel and an additional linen closet adds more
storage. The cast iron tub remained with a makeover.
final bedroom is 12 by 15 feet and on the third floor,
there’s a movie room. It comfortably fits a sectional
sofa and has track lighting. "I left the other half
of the third floor unfinished. If the new owner wants to
make a suite, the bathroom plumbing is below that space
and could be easily extended."
homes have sold on the street in the past three years,
according to Realstats.net.
entire home was replumbed with Pex plumbing. "It is
the new standard because everyone is stealing
copper." she said. There is gas heat and no central
is happy to let this one go and move on to the next.
Each home takes around a year.
found my niche over here, it is a small town in need of
revitalization. This is a nice home most people can