July 5, 2022

A Transformed Church in Maynard

The developer of this previous Finnish residence of worship designed sure to integrate the building’s initial functions into its redesign.


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19 Walnut St., Maynard
Price tag: $1,175,000
Dimensions: 4,450 sq. ft
Bedrooms: 3
Loos: 2 full, 1 partial

“Good bones” is a term typically employed to entice persons into getting houses that truly just aren’t in terrific shape. But this turned out to truly be the scenario when Chad Wisser acquired this Maynard dwelling of worship. At first, the setting up experienced vinyl siding, old carpeting, and drop ceilings extra decades back when these styles had been en vogue. But he noticed the likely beneath the out-of-date design and style, church decor, and rows of pews occupying the place. “We bought it as a church and realized there were being heading to be some surprises and we welcomed that,” he states. “We knew it’d be a pleasurable transformation…It was type of a disaster within, but I experienced a emotion a great deal of the unique was under factors that (ended up included) in the ’80s and ’70s.”

Fortunately, he was correct: When Wisser began overseeing the renovation of the house, he found the great bones. Now this former property of worship athletics several of its unique characteristics, like wood siding, primary wood floors, lovingly restored stain glass windows, and 25-foot-tall beamed ceilings. Wisser was adamant about preserving the building’s rustic roots, which date back to the 1900s, when it was crafted as a church for the local Finnish neighborhood, who labored at the Maynard mills. “Looking at it from afar, it’s about bringing it back to what it employed to glimpse like, cleaning it up, and exposing what was there,” he says.

In addition to tapping into the church’s primary structure to generate a barn-like feel, Wisser upgraded the construction to add insulation, a new roof, new plumbing/HVAC/electric methods, and a point out-of-the-artwork kitchen. To transform the place into a single-family dwelling, he decided to use the church’s open house fairly than dividing it up into more compact space, so the new house owners can faucet into many likely employs for the home’s wonderful space and accompanying higher balcony. The dwelling now also will come with two bathrooms, a residence place of work, a mudroom/laundry place, and three bedrooms, including a principal suite with authentic bead board, a stroll-in closet, and an en-suite toilet with a double vainness and tiled shower.

Wisser, who’s dependent in the Hudson Valley and will work in genuine estate, basically supposed to have his possess loved ones relocate to the church following renovating it into the solitary-household house it is now. But with his young children in college in New York, the relatives determined to stick with their roots, opening up this one-of-a-variety rework to one more family members keen to reside in what he claims is a great site and in a unique remodel to boot.

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