They purchased a historic home on Watkins Street that was built in 1880 and started doing renovations. They moved in two months ago and have already torn down a wall to create a foyer, created a full bath, renovated a half bath, painted the walls and porch, added 70 recessed lights in the ceilings and installed a state-of-the-art electronic control system.
“When you go into an old house, you think of the long foyer. We just did not get that because it was a little doorway. We took that (wall) out, and that just drastically changed the feel of the foyer,” Kenley said.
Along with expanding the foyer, creating the full bath upstairs has been one of the biggest projects in the home so far. Originally, the home only had two half baths.
The two-bedroom, 1½ bath home still has its original hardwood floors and nearly 11-foot-tall ceilings, which make the home feel even larger, Kenley said.
Characteristic of homes from the 1880s, the house lacks closets. One of their next projects will be converting a room into a master closet.
“It still doesn’t have a kitchen. That’s going to be the next phase in the new year. We’re going to be putting in a full kitchen,” Kenley said. “We’re going to do wood cabinets all the way up to the ceiling.”
They also plan to add a privacy fence for their two miniature Dachshund dogs, Noah and Eli.
Despite the extensive repairs, they said there’s no other place they’d rather live. The home is on the historic registry, and they value its sturdy, vintage qualities.
Many people believe a historic home can’t have cutting-edge technology, but that’s not true, Blake said.
“Everything is controlled electronically through the alarm system,” Blake said. “I can control every light. You can dim every light in the entire house all on your iPhone. I can even control the thermostats remotely.”