This New “Old” House
By Lynn Byrne. Those of you who have read my “About” section know that my house burned to the ground in 2001. It happened just 6 days after 9/11 and 10 days after our closing. Of course, it seemed as if the whole world was caving in. Fortunately for us, we hadn’t moved in yet, so we didn’t lose our stuff. Still, it was a big deal. We lost the top 2 floors to fire and the bottom 2 floors to water damage (the fired burned for 4+ hours and we had 5 feet of water in the basement.) The hard part was arriving at an insurance settlement. It took until the following spring.
Once we did get our settlement, however, the whole building process became very exciting. The original house had suffered though lots of “remuddling” over the years and lost a lot of detail. Paul Osmolskis, our fine architect, and I had a lot of fun re-imagining how the house “could” have looked when it was built. We fixed the terrible remodels and added a lot of detail made to look as if it had always been there.
In the end, we were able to take a terrible event and turn it into a wonderful home for our family. For more shots of my house you can click on the “About” section and follow the link to my portfolio. Paul Osmolskis also has shots of the house on his website. Click here to be redirected to it. There are a lot of other cool houses on his site too.
Most photographs are by Paul Osmolskis. Builder, Rick Marino, and I also took some of the photos. We thank the previous owners of our home for passing down the c.1915 photograph.