Last time we talked to Patrick Earney, the addition to his 1940s Tudor-inspired home was nearly finished. The addition provided extra living space transforming the home from a 2-bed 2-bath into a 3-bed 4-bath. As Earney explained to me, extra bathroom space was much need as there are three females in the house (two of them being teenaged girls). The home was renovated with its history in mind. Earney spared no expense when transforming the exterior and interior. Not only did he take time to hunt down period light fixtures to incorporate throughout the interior, but he also reused parts of the home and salvaged material from other structures to keep with the home’s era. He admits to compromising on some functionality to ensure that the addition did not stand apart from the rest of the original construction.
Walking through the deep blue front door and into this 1,350 sq. ft. structure, you can tell that Earney put much time and effort into expanding his historic home. Off of the kitchen is the new mudroom and through that, the powder room, which used to be part of the back yard.
The walls are painted a vibrant tangerine with white ceramic tile coming half way up the wall. The floor tile draws your attention with its pearly sheen. Multiple pieces of this room came from other places around Columbia that were slated to be demolished. The toilet came out of a dentist office and the beautiful window came from another home in Columbia. The light fixture above the window is just one of the many pieces Earney found on Ebay. Earney’s clever reuse of materials and dedication to period pieces doesn’t stop here.
Moving into the kitchen, the original 1939 farmhouse sink catches the eye. Below it are the original metal cabinets, which Earney painted bright red. Earney and his friend, who is a custom cabinet builder, built all the other cabinets, which are of a light mint color. The kitchen is small but functional and of course, anything but cookie cutter.
At the top of the stairs to the right is the entry to the master bedroom, bathroom, and closet; all of which are nestled on top the garage. The entry to the bedroom used to be an entry to a deck located on the roof of the garage. The door that originally lead to this space is now being reused as a door to the home’s patio and backyard.
The Historic Preservation Commission has a large inventory of salvaged materials that are available to the public, and they hope to start holding public sales soon. Due to space limitations, the areas on either side of the bed were not tall enough to include a nightstand and lamp. So to accommodate this issue, metal sconces were added to each sidewall as reading lights. However, these are no ordinary reading fixtures. Also found on Ebay, these lights are nearly a century and a half old and of French design. Still containing the original glass, they were rewired and used to fit the needs of Earney and his wife.
The master bath is painted the same color as the downstairs bath with the same flooring, wall tile, and fixtures. The paned window is frosted to allow for privacy and the shower is spacious with a clear glass door as to make the space feel larger. The entry door is pocketed to allow more space in the bath and bedroom. The closet is walk-in with its own window, and a built-in laundry chute adds unique appeal.
The home’s original bathroom and other two bedrooms are located on this floor as well; now occupied by his daughters. One bedroom is painted a bright yellow and Mizzou themed, and the other was the original master bedroom, making it spacious for a 14-year-old. Both are beautifully decorated to suit each daughter’s personal taste.
In all, the addition took 12 months to be completed inside and outside. The expansion of space has improved the family’s life due to no longer being “piled on top of each other…” as Earney says. As for future renovation plans, Earney has intentions of building a new oak front door due to the current one warping and changing with the seasons. The original siding on the front gable will be refinished as well with the current aluminum siding taken off. He also has wood storm windows to finish and put on, and the living room will be repainted and the cracked plaster will be fixed to freshen up its appearance.
Just gazing at the exterior of this home, it’s nearly impossible to tell that it has been added on to. Earney says of matching the brick on the back of the addition, “I scoured the world of brick to find this brick that kind of half way matched.” The brick on the front is brick that he took of the original north wall, thus adding to the flawless cohesion of the addition and original structure. With careful attention to detail and meaningful dedication, Earney has successfully transformed his 1940s Tudor Revival home into a more functional space for he and his family to live in and enjoy.