At one time, the homeowner says, there were eight bedrooms
in the house, including a birthing room. Over time various homeowners cut the bedrooms down. The current homeowner eliminated one of the bedrooms to create a laundry room and a pantry and to expand the hallways.
The biggest puzzle to solve during the project was how to reconfigure the stairway for the family's 10-year-old Labrador to navigate. Stairways in old farmhouses often have such a steep pitch that they're like climbing a ladder. One look at the original staircase
and the homeowner knew his dog wouldn’t be able to get upstairs. The wife came up with a plan to move the staircase and have a small landing halfway up that then turned. Now the Labrador can get to the second floor, “though gingerly,” the homeowner says.