Chris and Lisa’s Converted “Carriage” House
One of the many interesting things you learn from the Del Ray House and Garden Tour is the history of the homes in our neighborhood. Chris and Lisa’s house — which we first shared in a sneak preview in April — is one of these Del Ray properties with a unique story.
You can’t tell by looking at it now, but Chris and Lisa’s home was originally a quarter of the size it is today. In 1987, a small one-bedroom loft was built onto an existing structure (a garage, or the more romantic term, carriage house) that belonged to the neighboring house on Howell Ave. The garage was torn down, and the small living space was rented out for a period of time before being rezoned as its own residence on Dewitt Ave.
Previous owners expanded the building with a two-level addition in 2005, transforming the petite 750-square-foot space into a modest 1,200-square-foot home.
The house was in move-in condition when Chris and Lisa bought it in 2012. The only changes they made were to the paint colors on the walls.
When you first walk in, you can’t miss the modern kitchen with a breakfast bar for two off to the left.
Throughout the house you notice their sense of humor, love for music and appreciation for local artists. The wood paneled wall is an homage to some of their favorite ’80s bands.
The wood beam is actually the dividing line for the original building, which was only the kitchen and entryway.
The light yellow walls (Benjamin Moore Chestertown Buff) provide a comfortable backdrop to their eclectic decor.
The entry way leads to another room which serves as a dining room and office. Though the space is divided, it all blends together and feels open, making this an ideal layout for entertaining friends and family.
And it gets even better. Through the dining room, the back door leads to a private brick patio and garden with space for a dining table, fire pit and a grill.
Lisa does all the landscaping herself, mixing flowers and shrubs with wild and whimsical creatures.
Her sense of humor comes alive inside as well with her Alfred Hitchcock-inspired bathroom. Guests beware.
Upstairs you’ll find a peaceful and sunny guest room with en suite bathroom. Both rooms are painted Benjamin Moore Marguerite Blue.
A full wall of windows serves as the headboard in the master bedroom. In the early spring, the mature cherry tree outside makes it feel like you are living in a tree house.
The wall color is Benjamin Moore Split Pea. The painted window on the wall is one of many pieces in the home purchased at the former A Show of Hands where Lisa worked part-time.
And back out front, these roses weren’t in bloom for the House and Garden Tour, but they are looking radiant in the bright morning sun.
The perfect view from Chris and Lisa’s shaded front porch.
Thank you Chris and Lisa for sharing your home with us!