By Heather Lusk
One home was covered in asbestos siding. The other was labeled a “tear down.”
Now both homes from the late 19th century have been restored and were honored with a Village Residents Association Lamplighter Award, recognizing homeowners who restore and preserve their historic homes.
The awards were presented Sept. 19 at the annual VRA picnic on Main Street. Keeping with the lamplighter theme, a lantern was presented to the homeowners who are “lighting the way” of renovation or restoration and preservation, according to committee spokesperson Ralph Stacy.
When the home next door to Carol Mullet went on the market, she was eager to purchase and renovate it with her husband Waid and their daughter, Jodi, and son-in-law, Chad Bauman.
“The four of us worked together well,” Mullet said.
Mullet said the home was called a “tear down” by the realtor and the inspector told them he wouldn’t buy the house.
“Our goal all along was to preserve the house, to make it comfortable to live in, to make it attractive in the style in which it was built,” Mullet said. “We want to preserve the character of old houses in the village.”
The Maple Street home was raised and a new foundation laid beneath.
“In that era they built (the foundation) with what they had,” said Mullet of the sticks, rocks and blocks originally under the home. They removed the asbestos siding and discovered cedar siding beneath. The home – being used as a rental property – also has a new interior to match its refinished exterior.
Monique Schnabel had wanted to replace the siding on her Main Street home for some time but the task was never a priority. When she and husband Brad decided to move forward this summer, workers discovered that most of the wood siding underneath was in great shape.
“It’s like she had a terrible dress on before and now she looks just right to me,” she said.
“I’m so happy about the award, because to me it’s like there are people out there who do feel like that too,” Schnabel said. “It’s more than just cosmetic. It’s the way it should be.”