It was love at first sight! We’ve both always been fans of unique older homes, so it was no surprise that an old fox-hunting lodge built in 1938 jumped off its Zillow page and captured our attention. The infatuation began with its fairy-tale-like exterior: brick, wood, beams, angles, chimneys…all of the above!
The original lodge, which makes up the majority of the house, has real brick walls (like, all the way through—exposed brick inside!) that give it a timeless look. Wood siding was used when the home was expanded in the 70s, which we think adds to the rustic vibe and fits perfectly in the surrounding forest.
The house has a lot of other unique characteristics, like patinated copper window awnings (currently serving double duty as planters–ha!) and arched doorways. Oh, and single-pane windows, but those gotsta go.
In addition to the house, we absolutely love the property itself—think lots of trees and wildlife—and out front there’s a patio for soaking it all in.
One of the most unique things about the lodge is that it’s built into a hill—so, technically the first floor is a walk out basement, and in the rear there’s ground-level access from the second floor (plus more brick and copper!).
As a result of being built into the hill, there’s also a patio on the second floor for additional opportunities to imbibe with nature. So, there’s a roof on one side and a yard on the other.
…and a forest on the other other side.
We have a lot of work to do but are ecstatic about the potential!
Disclosure: these photos are from fall 2015 right after we closed on this beauty.