When you see the sentimental details in Michelle and Ed’s home, the care that was taken with their space, and how personal and loved it feels, it’s hard to believe that they have only been living in it for the past two years. The couple’s timber frame Cape Cod style house could pass as being over a hundred years old, but it was constructed in 1986. In addition to creating homes together in the familial sense, Ed and Michelle have also been renovating houses as a team for 21 years — and they’ve lived in 15 of their projects.
Michelle and Ed spent most of their marriage in North Carolina, where they raised their daughters, and the last few years were spent between North Carolina and Maine. The couple created a lavender farm and wedding venue in Maine where they lived seasonally, but after selling the property they decided to relocate permanently to Alna, ME. While their girls are grown and off on their own, Michelle and Ed did have their two dogs (Abby and Mason) and three chickens that accompanied them in the move to their new home. Winters are spent with their dogs by their sides as they snowshoe along their property and summers bring grandkids swimming and playing in the water, and fresh-cut flowers from their gardens for Michelle’s floral work.
Amazingly, Ed was finishing a work project when they purchased their home — Michelle bought it without Ed ever seeing it in person. Being a seasoned pro, Michelle took a sledge hammer and started demo the day after they closed on the sale of the house. Their renovations took two months, and the cottage they had just sold had included all of their furnishings in the sale, meaning that the new home was a blank slate in every sense. The couple’s renovations on the 1,800-square-foot house helped to create a more open floor plan that makes it feel bigger than it is in reality. The home works for the couple’s careers as well, with Ed having a basement studio and Michelle having gardens and a screened-in porch that functions as a three-season floral design studio. Making a house a home is something Michelle and Ed are no strangers to, and this latest project of theirs is a testament to their deep understanding of that special skill. —Rebekah
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