The first time I stepped into Christine and Patrick Siska's home, I straight away fell in love with it. Since I live in an antique house myself, I'm always interested to see how others have adapted the old architecture to a modern lifestyle.
This particular house was built in the late 1800's and was originally owned by a sea captain. The Siskas are only the third family to own the antique Victorian! Before moving to Canton, they lived in the gaslight district in Charlestown. Since both Christine and Patrick work in the city, the location of their Canton home is ideal because they can walk to the train station, where the Providence/Stoughton line will get to South Station in a half hour.
Christine walked me through their beautifully renovated home that she and Patrick have put so much love and hard work into.
Not at first. We were looking at a lot of different style houses in several towns. But as our search progressed, we realized that we both really wanted an old home... they have so much character and a different feel from newer homes today. Of course, we still wanted it very updated. As we looked, we found that most old updated homes were either crazy expensive or updated not to our taste. So we started the hunt for an old home that needed work, and here we are.
We met online, actually on MySpace if you can believe it! How shady do we sound, huh? We started messaging each other one day, went on our first date a couple of weeks later, and the rest is history.
Pequitside Farm and the Bradley Estate have really beautiful grounds for walking around, picnics, and Pequitside has a great playground for the kids. We like Waterfall Bar & Grille for a bite to eat, and of course, if you like beer, Trillium is a must.
I'm not going to lie, there are a lot of challenges. We did a MASSIVE renovation - it was a full on construction site, the house was unlivable during it all. We acted as our own general contractor, architect, and designer, so we did a lot of heavy lifting coordinating all of our contractors, creating blueprints, and finding every bathroom fixture, lighting element, and design element. It was a full time job on top of our full time jobs. But Patrick and I love this stuff and had a lot of vision ( you have to if you're doing something like this!), and for us, the end result was worth it.
Yes, three. Lincoln (six), Vivienne (four), and Xander (two).
Patrick actually designed it himself! Before Lincoln was born, we decided that we wanted to do a city theme for his bedroom. Boston is special to us, so Pat designed a cartoonish skyline of Boston. He had it printed from someplace online that specializes in printing large decals.
That it's totally us. We picked everything ourselves: lights, colors, bathroom pieces... all of it. We knocked down walls, vaulted the ceiling in our master suite... we designed it just how we wanted. It really reflects our style and the work we put into planning and designing it.
Definitely, there's always something. We have this huge column in the middle of our library/office on the third floor, which enclosed a chimney that is in use only to vent out. I don't know why we didn't demo the chimney during the renovation and have the furnace vent out somewhere else. I just want to knock that column down! It takes up so much space and really changes the way we use the room.
Same home with a new front walkway and stoop... that needs some love.