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Today the Eppstein restoration was completed and now it is time to do a final cleaning.
It was a fantastic thing to be able to see in person as this project took place. This home was once on the verge of being beyond repair and was certainly in the worst condition of all 8 of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Kalamazoo County. But now, it has risen up from the ashes of The Acres to being one of the best Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
I am talking to the owners about coordinating an open house. I will let you all know if it will in fact take place.
My wife and I have been very fortunate to have become friends with Tony and Marika and we were able to enjoy the finished home and good conversation with them last night while drinking wine and iced tea. The home is so comfortable, warm and inviting. It is very serene.
I hope you enjoy the photos and I do apologize for doing a rush post.
Wonderful supply of new photos, which blow up nicely and advance using the mouse scroll wheel. The pictures explain, finally, the main interior space of this house. I hadn't expected the level change, or the many details like built-in seating with handy shelf behind, etc etc.
The tilt-up of a portion of the living-room ceiling seems more modest and intimate that similar ones in other Usonians of this period ?
The owners have an interesting and appropriate furniture collection. Love those glass lamps at the sofa, too. Don't rush away with these photos too soon !
This wonderful restoration wants further exposure. Perhaps you are in a position to help with that ? A selection of photos might be provided to a publication . . .
As for the a/c - heating units.... that is function. The owners did a very good job of having them custom painted from the factory to match the stain of the wall. Something that was not easy to get done but they were able to get the manufacturer to do it. They are whisper quiet when they are running. Which is amazing. They want people to be comfortable when the stay there as well as themselves. I think it may have been something FLW would have done at the time had a/c been as common as it is today.
There is so much wood that was replaced it would blow your mind. And when you walk thru you could not tell anyone what was original and what wasn't. They used mahogany plywood where it was supposed to be used and the carpenter rebuilt the bathroom vanity from scratch.... and if you look close at the old photos of the original... you might be able to tell they are not the same. He is that good. The access panel for the master bath shower was supposed to have a painting hung to hide it. He did such a good job at making the access panel that they opted to leave it exposed.
When I have about 4 hours to work on the blog post I will provide the info for everything that was done, what they found to be the hardest thing, what surprises they came across and so on. I will also do some before and after photos as side by side comparisons. It probably will not cover a dollar amount though. That is for them to say and not for me to disclose.
https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/ ... -reverence
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16024637?l ... s=XeLE911g
https://www.trystcraft.com/single-post/ ... for-Guests
I'd be scared silly to let strangers occupy my unique and priceless home, using my furnishings and effects. But, I'm so glad that others are willing to do so. Does that make me a bad person ?