The Story Begins
When Sally McWilliams and her husband, Kenneth, bought their 1876 brick house in Madison, they knew from experience that the restoration process would be a story in itself. Sally invites readers to follow the restoration on her blog, where they can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation as it happens.
The McWilliams have been Madison residents for over 30 years, and this is their third fixer-upper — though Sally is quick to point out that they are not in the flipping business. All three of the restored houses have been their own homes.
With an eye on retirement and ready to downsize, Sally and Kenneth bought the home on Poplar Street from the family of its previous owners, who had occupied the house for nearly 50 years.
After closing on the property in November, the McWilliams have a lengthy to-do list for their new old home. Mechanical repairs and upgrades head the list, including HVAC and electric systems. Plans also call for a new garage, tuckpointing, and aesthetic upgrades including new bathrooms and kitchen cabinets.
Home to a National Historic Landmark District comprising over 130 blocks, Madison is filled to the brim with historic buildings, many of which – like the Lanier Mansion and the Shrewsbury-Windle House – have been painstakingly restored. To explore the city yourself, consider using the new “Madison’s Treasures” walking tour app, developed by Historic Madison, Inc. and local students.
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