How do two homes become one? The home at 521 Stasal Avenue answers that question after emerging from a two-year renovation. In 2015, owners Laura and Mike Mattley bought the house next door, after trying to buy it for 40 years. Thus began their serendipitous adventure to connect their current home to the second home and remodel both. Their first home was originally a small bungalow built in the late 1800s. The renovation added an additional 1,000 square feet to the original 1,125 square foot home. Here is what it looks like now.
The former house next door is now the Mattley’s spacious new garage with an attached bedroom and bath for guests. Care was taken to match the garage addition to the style of the original bungalow home. For a cohesive look, the homes are connected with exterior porches with turned posts and French curve railings. To add historic character, the house is painted a warm yellow, with white trim and accented with black shutters.
The new kitchen and living room are the heart of the home. The living room is located in the structure connecting the two homes together. A tall fireplace and comfy linen sofas invite cozy conversations.
The new kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets extending to the ceiling with crown molding. Counter tops are a gorgeous quartzite. From the kitchen are views into most of the adjacent rooms. The rooms have soothing wall colors, ten-foot high ceilings and dark walnut hardwood floors.
The main home has two bedrooms and two baths. The guest bedroom once had a “miner’s door” to the outside front porch when it was used as a room rented to miners. The miner’s door is now a small closet.
The master bedroom overlooks the swimming pool. The room’s main furniture is a king-sized bed with a tufted upholstered headboard and soft grey bedding. The en-suite bath is a luxurious spa retreat. With classic Carerra marble, polished chrome fixtures, and deep soaking tub, it is the perfect setting for pampering.
So how do two homes become one? With forty years of patience, a couple who have a vision, and the hard work of many, it can be done. The results are well worth it.