Empty-Nesters Choose Renovation Over Downsizing

Old is new again for a Wynnewood couple who didn’t flee their home after the children left, but remodeled it to fit their new lifestyle.

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Architect: Jeff Spoelker, JMS Architecture, Ardmore; (215) 200-3269, jmsarchitecture.com
Builder: Stan Barry, Barry Custom Builders, 20 S. Valley Road, Suite 101, Paoli; (610) 640-1610, barrycustombuilders.com
Interior Designer: Rebecca Short, Blair Design Associates, New York; (212) 595-0203, blairdesignnyc.com.

The office area’s two workstations are separated by sliding barn doors. See more photos below. (Photo by John Lewis)By now, most of us know that an empty nester is synonymous with downsizing. The conventional wisdom is that, once the kids leave, parents pack up and move to a home more suitable for two. One Wynnewood couple has bucked the trend, opting to stay put in their 100-year-old stone Tudor while making all the renovations necessary to accommodate their new, more streamlined lifestyle.

“The main reason I didn’t want to move somewhere nearby was that I dreaded driving by with my husband and seeing some young couple bringing our home into the 21st century,” says the owner. “That would surely make me wish I could have my old, newly updated house back.”

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