1243 Neil Avenue

Bob Dean and Paul Hixon have lived in the classic Victorian home for more than two years. The house is 3,500 square feet and features three bedrooms, with an additional master suite on the third floor if desired. There are four full bathrooms, one with a Jacuzzi, three working fireplaces on the first floor and a third floor media center.

The couple took on an 11-month renovation that left very little untouched. Structural work had to be completed to level the home. The home had been broken into a two-family home before being returned to a single-family 20 years later, a process that destroyed the original staircase. Using clues from existing paneling and additional details, Urbanorder architects drafted a design for the new stairs and paneling, and the quality of contractor Pat Livingston’s has convinced many people the stairs are original (so don’t tell anyone).

The base boards in the entryway are new. The kitchen was stripped to the studs and completely re-modeled, which involved raising the window to install a kitchen counter. During the remodel, they discovered the back stairs and opened them up again, and they installed a new glass pocket door.

Through the remodel, a number of rooms have been repurposed. The front bedroom is now used as an office, the middle bedroom is their guest bedroom and the new guest bath was originally a bedroom. On the second floor was a room that now serves as a loft overlooking the main entrance and the new chandelier.

The master bedroom, with its cathedral ceiling that adds volume and flair, and bath are the result of the cantilevered addition over the backyard, giving the home a more modern space.

The couple removed a chimney in the middle of the third floor to open up the space. Now the floor, which includes a full bath, is used as the media room.