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.
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.”