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This Old House

Anthony & Phyllis Butler began searching for a home in 2019, with a checklist in hand. Trial attorney Anthony required a home office and Phyllis, a Realtor with Latter & Blum wanted a fixer-upper. They also wanted acreage to begin building a hobby herd of beef cattle.  In March 2020, the couple looked at an outdated brick ranch style house on 10 idyllic acres in The Plains. “The land was great for the farm but it was not apparent initially that we could remodel the house and make it work,” said Anthony. “However, when we went to see it, Phyllis fell in love with the house and realized that it could be transformed into something special.”

They began working with Krystal Matthews Design and several contractors, brainstorming additions and ways to change the floor plan. Phyllis’ passion for remodeling and unique vision came to life 15 months later. The result is nothing short of stunning. With camera in hand, Editor Jen Gennaro toured the Butler’s home and asked a few questions along the way. 

Which decision was most difficult?

Deciding on the roof elevation and ceiling heights

Where there any unexpected surprises, good or bad?

We were surprised that we could raise the ceilings to 10 feet in this old house that was originally designed with 8 foot ceilings. This did necessitate a change in the roof elevation. The Covid-19 pandemic was also a big surprise. This caused delays while workers were out and also contributed to the building supply shortage, which significantly delayed the project.

What is the history of the home?

The home was built around 1964 by Marion and Theresa Denova. They owned several businesses in the area and raised their three children here. 

Where did you source 

your furniture

Four Hands, Uttermost, Wayfair

What is your favorite feature?

The placement of vertical tile on the backsplash and the large open areas that allow us to make memories with family and friends.

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