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Spring Story - 239 4th Street in Milestone "An Eaton House Saved"

An Eaton House Saved - 239 4th Street, Milestone

Quite honestly one of my favourite homes I’ve ever had the pleasure of listing is this old Eaton’s house.  The owners, Jade and Barry, have been friends as long as I can remember and I was fortunate to watch this project develop into the modern home it is now!

Once upon a time a train brought the supplies needed to Yellow Grass where this house was originally built.  The home stayed on a farm near Yellow Grass and raised a couple generations of one farm family until it was no longer needed and was in need of either demolition or significant repair. 

Jade has always had a creative vision and had dreamt of an old character home with a wrap around deck, a classic look but with all the upgrades that their family had grown accustom to.  Barry, a journeyman bricklayer by trade, had the ambition and know how to put Jade’s vision together.  When the perfect lot became available in Milestone they knew they had to make this project happen! Originally from Milestone, Barry and Jade knew all the local contractors/businesses that would be needed for the upcoming journey.  Lucyk Building Movers would relocate the large Eaton’s home on the new foundation and reconstruction would begin.

Having a new foundation was one of the bigger components at the start of the restoration.  It allowed 2 more large bedrooms for the teenage girls with shared bathroom in the basement.  They created a shared access from both sides adjoining the bathroom from each bedroom with their own entrances.  Unique, to eliminate sibling warfare, both bedrooms had their own vanity/sinks in their bedrooms.  The shared components were shower and toilet.  The basement also housed the utilities including new electrical, on demand hot water heater, which heats the house plus unlimited hot water! Crucial for this busy family of 6! Two sets of washer and dryers - 1 in the basement and the other on the 2nd floor. 

When you have a family of 6 there is a necessity for 4 bathrooms, 3 living spaces and 4 entrances entering every side of the house.  The wrap around deck to enjoy the sun from every angle, a coffee and maybe a glass of wine or a beer.

Yes everything right down to the studs was redone.  Spray foamed, new fixtures, cabinetry, of-course stonework, granite, natural gas fireplace and tons of built-ins thru-out.  What I love is that even tho they recreated this house top to bottom, inside and out the wood and character was carefully removed and put back to keep that classic look. Yes there is an ensuite, yes there is fully functional bathrooms, yes there is a walk in closet, yes there is an oversized double garage for all the toys.

Why would they sell their dream house? It is the most asked question I get! The kids have started moving out and it's time to move onto the next dream! Barry and Jade will both admit they will miss the home and have enjoyed their years creating the vision they had when they found this old Eaton's home. Time for the next family to love where they live, enjoy the modern living while respecting the old character that still remains in this home. This home has many stories to tell and many more to come! 

Published Thursday, May 2, 2019 8:26 PM by Rhonda Garratt

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