|Heights Heritage Tour|
2286 Ardleigh Road (2005)
This English country, or cottage-style home, was built in 1917. After being purchased by the current owners in 1998, it went through what they describe as an “unveiling.” This loving process included stripping off wallpaper down to the bare walls, repainting, removing carpet, then refinishing floors and wood trim.
A unique feature in this home is the owners’ large
collection of furniture from Indonesia. Purchased when the price was
just right, the home now holds over 30 pieces, whose shipment and delivery
was quite an adventure! Also, the current owner made all of the radiator
covers in the home.
Next is the kitchen, which was totally redone and now
boasts rosewood floors, stainless steel appliances and leaded glass
doors on the cabinets. The current owner built the cabinets himself
and replaced drywall installed in a 1970s renovation with authentic
lath, mud and plaster. Notice the hand-made glass tiles from California.
An avid cook, the owner wanted items handy and opted for open shelving
and a butcher block countertop. Additional cabinets were also added
near the back of the kitchen. The owners chose rolling islands which
can be moved as needed for their kitchen, a wonder of space economy.
To the right is the living room with its original marble
and wood fireplace. It is accented by an 1880 Indonesian bench, a coffee
table made from a rice container and a 1930 chaise lounge.
At the top of the stairs to the right is a guest bedroom and bath which has its original tub. Next is the sitting room which features a Chinese trunk, Indonesian armoire and bench. The master suite features leaded glass windows and a bath which is completely original to the home. Completing the second floor circle is the study which contains wallpaper believed to date from 1917.