Mak­ing an old house new again

Aug. 17 pub­lic open house planned at 28 Cum­ber­land Street


You can see the changes on the out­side. Now peo­ple cu­ri­ous about the ren­o­va­tion of a home at 28 Cum­ber­land St. in Yar­mouth will get to see what the in­side looks like.

The Yar­mouth busi­ness Ren­nDuPrat is hold­ing a pub­lic open house at its show home on Satur­day, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more than a year this home has been a side project for Ren­nDuPrat, lo­cated in south Yar­mouth, which has been busy with other client con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion work. The busi­ness says when they’ve been able to, crafts­men and craftswomen have worked hard on the trans­for­ma­tion of this prop­erty.

“We have re­stored the beauty of this old home, while giv­ing it the mod­ern day ameni­ties and up­grades,” the busi­ness says on its Face­book page.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Kelly DuPrat says the home has un­der­gone a ma­jor over­haul.

“It’s been com­pletely gut­ted down to the studs and all new elec­tri­cal, all new plumb­ing, all new me­chan­i­cal. It’s got cen­tral heat­ing and air now, which not many places have that. New in­su­la­tion,” she says. “Ba­si­cally it’s a com­pletely new home, but we’ve re­stored all of the char­ac­ter.”

Be­cause a lot of the trim was miss­ing when Ren­nDuPrat pur­chased the house, their shop copied the pro­files and milled all of the crown trim and fixed all of the cas­ings and base­boards.

“Although we com­pletely de­mol­ished the walls, when we re­built them we added that char­ac­ter back in,” she says. “So the house re­ally does have all of its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and grandeur, but yet it was a com­pletely gut job.”

The house in­cludes a cus­tom kitchen. There are two bath­rooms with full walk in show­ers. A soaker tub up­stairs. Laun­dry room, etc.

“We’ve got all the mod­ern day ameni­ties of a new home in an old home,” DuPrat says. The home was built in the 1870s or 1880s.

“It’s def­i­nitely seen some great his­tory,” says DuPrat.

“We kept the doors that were in the front, we just kind of stripped them. We wanted to keep them as orig­i­nal as we could. But there’s a piece of glass that was an etched piece, a sail­boat, that is now in the Collins Street mu­seum from that house.”

The orig­i­nal in­ten­tion was not to have the ren­o­va­tion and restora­tion of the Cum­ber­land prop­erty take as long as it has, but DuPrat says they’ve been booked for months in ad­vance for other work with their busi­ness.

“We’ve had to put it on the back­burner a lot, just to keep up with our client work, which we deem more im­por­tant,” she says. “But we’re now at that fi­nal stage and Aug. 12 is the big re­veal.”

The house is be­ing put on the mar­ket for sale, so Ren­nDuPrat is mak­ing pri­vate ap­point­ments to take place Aug. 13 for peo­ple who want to come through and dis­cuss de­tails about the house.

Whether some­one pur­chases the house, or just comes to take a peek dur­ing the open house, Ren­nDuPrat’s goal of open­ing up the home to the pub­lic is to show how you can take any can­vas and turn it into some­thing spe­cial.

“It’s our show house so it ex­hibits a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing we do,” DuPrat says. “We’ve re­fin­ished the ex­ist­ing floors so it shows how we can bring new floors back to life. It shows our mill work and trim ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It shows what our con­struc­tion crew can do. It shows de­sign ca­pa­bil­i­ties, even with curb ap­peal.”

Not ev­ery­one, how­ever, will have the bud­get for the work that’s taken place with this show home. But Ren­nDuPrat says even though peo­ple maybe can’t af­ford to do with a home what the Yar­mouth busi­ness has done, no one should be dis­cour­aged from tack­ling a ren­o­va­tion project.

You can still make great changes with a mod­est bud­get, she says.

“We went all out with ev­ery as­pect of the house, be­cause it’s the com­pany’s. We could, we had fun with it. Bud­get was not a key point, but ob­vi­ously for peo­ple do­ing ren­o­va­tions that’s a very im­por­tant point,” DuPrat says. “Not ev­ery­body is go­ing to tackle a ren­o­va­tion to this scale, either.”

Peo­ple may tackle one room at a time, she says, will makes things more manageable as well.


What the house at 28 Cum­ber­land St. looked like be­fore.


What the house at 28 Cum­ber­land St. in Yar­mouth looks like now af­ter the ren­o­va­tions.

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