When Old Saratoga Restorations started renovations on this Saratoga Springs urban cottage in 2013, it had a great Skidmore College-area location. It was in terrible shape, however, and had poorly constructed additions hanging off of it like a flock of albatrosses.
OSR dismantled the house down to the original cottage shell and built around it to create a spacious, elegant, four-bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,563-square-foot home with master suites on two levels.
The private first-floor bedroom suite is tucked behind the garage with French doors to the back patio. The front porch wraps around the home to the second entry door. Hardwood floors with a glossy, dark stain, crown molding and a custom newel post for the staircase add character. The modern kitchen features Shaker-style cabinetry and a 10-foot-long granite island.
The renovated home – complete with a new roof, plumbing, furnace and central air-conditioning – was quickly purchased by a family with young children.