SKANEATELES, N.Y. – A indication sits beneath Tom Scriven’s tv in the dwelling area of his Skaneateles dwelling.
“Do not be fearful of alter,” it reads. “Be frightened of not switching.”
That assertion correctly encapsulates both Scriven and his historic home.
It was Xmas Eve 2014 and Scriven, a indigenous of the village, his wife, Lindsay, and their two young children were being all set to move to Florida.
Their realtor was with them to sign the papers when instantly the sale fell by.
“We went into worry manner,” he reported. “We had two minimal small children and we needed to invest in a dwelling. My wife, ‘We have to do some thing!’”
“So, I purchased a schoolhouse!”
The purple brick, a single-space Willow Glen schoolhouse at 936 Old Seneca Turnpike, just north of the village, was on the current market.
It was developed in 1872 and educated pupils from the first to the sixth quality. A preceding owner had acquired it and experienced began renovating it but remaining it mostly unfinished.
Scriven known as the previous try a “hodge-podge.”
“We understood we ended up in for a undertaking,” he stated of the just about six-yr enterprise to transform the faculty into a contemporary open-idea, four-bedroom, two-rest room property.
Scriven would be up to the activity. His household had termed Skaneateles household for generations and now he was performing some thing to protect a piece of its heritage.
He claimed he arrived from a “jack of all trades” loved ones and was a “pain in the butt kid,” who watched his father thoroughly even though he did residence enhancement tasks.
(Scriven also reported he experienced a good deal of assistance and in the course of this interview thanked “family, pals, and the group who have served us by means of the system.”)
The college was up to date from major to bottom, with fresh new paint, new flooring, and new fixtures all over.
The kitchen area attributes new floors, counters, backsplash, and Samsung Wise appliances. There is also a new pantry and laundry home.
The roomy master bedroom is significant more than enough for a California king-sized mattress and two walk-in closets.
Scriven experienced a terrific deal sensitivity for this historic home.
“We tried to protect and renew as a great deal as feasible,” he claimed.
The coat rack at the front door was produced from an outdated picket shipping and delivery box and the major of the island in the kitchen area was designed from a canning desk observed in the basement.
(He has the big first shudders and hinges and thinks they could make a person-of-a-form closet doorways.)
An aged wooden ladder which was utilized by children much more than 100 many years in the past to climb to the cupola to ring the school’s bell now adorns a learn bed room wall.
“I want we had the bell!” Scriven stated.
He found other items from the school’s early times, maps, textbooks, and composition notebooks, and held on to these “treasures” which he options to give to the home’s new operator.
He even kept the school’s traditional purple shade.
“When we first started out the do the job,” he said. “Curious individuals would occur up and ask if they could consider a glimpse.”
Many would convey to him tales of when they attended school there.
The backyard has been current as perfectly.
“We enjoy to be outside the house as significantly as we can,” Scriven claimed. “We test to get benefit of the place he had.”
They created a barbecue patio with created-in furniture and storage in their non-public yard.
A modest koi pond, with a waterfall and underwater lighting, was this summer’s coronavirus quarantine job.
Scriven reported considerably of the residence is completed but not almost everything.
The COVID pandemic intended that the household ironically reverted back to a faculty for his son and daughter this calendar year which intended he could not be hammering and sawing absent.
“It has been a ton of fun,” Scriven claimed, seeking again at what he attained. “It certainly is not a cookie cutter residence.”
He states he desires to discover a new journey someplace with a hotter climate.
For extra facts about this residence, contact the operator who is selling the home himself. His data is down below.
Address: 936 Old Seneca Turnpike, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152
Dimensions: 1,773 square feet
Acreage: 8,276 sq. feet
Month-to-month Home finance loan: $1,325 (primarily based on this week’s countrywide typical price of 2.88 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-12 months preset-charge property finance loan with a 20 per cent down payment. Expenses and points not bundled.)
Taxes: $1,852 (Dependent on assessed price of $95,000)
University District: Skaneateles
Kitchen area: The new kitchen area has a great deal of new counter home and cupboard room. Operator Thomas Scriven up-to-date the kitchen area with a new travertine backsplash, new flooring, and new Samsung Clever appliances. The island was made from an old canning table found in the basement. By the kitchen is a new laundry home and pantry.
Living parts: Scriven mentioned that he renovated this historic a single-home schoolhouse into an open up-notion present day residence. “The location is like a bomb shelter,” he stated. “It is crafted and insulated well.” Ignore the thought of the drafty outdated 1-room faculty, this is an particularly heat and very productive dwelling. The operator has up-to-date paint, flooring, and fixtures through. There is a nice dining room off the kitchen area and a spacious living place. There is “plenty of room” for a new household office environment and workshop in the detached garage. The office is heated and air-conditioned and was “very useful” through the COVID pandemic. All of the “treasures” from the building’s earlier days as a university uncovered during the renovation will be keeping with the dwelling.
Bedrooms: There are four bedrooms in the property. The initial-floor master bedroom is major adequate for a California king mattress and two walk-in closets.
Bogs: There are two loos in the residence. The entire rest room on the 1st floor has new tile flooring and new fixtures.
Outside: Scriven and his family enjoys currently being outdoors and he has performed his finest to “take advantage of the home we had.” The personal yard has been up to date with BBQ patio with developed-in seating and storage. In the course of the coronavirus pandemic, his challenge was building a koi pond with waterfall and underwater lighting. There is an area for bon fires. The operator claims that the residence is “close to all the things,” and mentions that it is within strolling distance to the heart of Skaneateles, a character trail, and Skaneateles Creek.
Bought by: Owner Tom Scriven
Tackle: 936 Aged Seneca Turnpike, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152
Cellular phone: (315) 439-1883
Electronic mail: [email protected]
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