Deciding whether to purchase a fixer-upper home can be a nerve-wracking experience, the home-buying equivalent of pacing the edge of a swimming hole before diving into freezing cold water. The payoff, though, as with taking that icy plunge on a hot day, can be well worth it. Especially if said fixer-upper is a gloriously Catskills A-Frame with two-story windows and views of the forest.
Danielle and Ely Franko purchased this Tannersville, NY home two years ago and have been hard at work on it ever since. It’s been a labor of love, but one that has certainly paid off. “With a limited budget and limited knowledge (but a large amount of enthusiasm!) we took on the task of learning how to fix up and design every inch of the house,” Danielle says. “My husband sanded down every single beam, we pried up every last bit of glued down vinyl, refinished the beautiful hardwood floors, painted and tiled and grouted and even built some of the furniture!”
The couple travels up to the home every weekend from Manhattan, so they took to designing the space with vacationing in mind (read: as relaxing and as dreamy as possible). “When it came to designing the home, we just let it evolve organically. The design process started even before we closed on the house. We worked through each room and found pieces we loved and just let the house tell us what it needed. It’s a very slow and arduous process, but honestly it’s a lot of fun and we couldn’t have done it any other way.” Take a closer look at this woodsy dream home below!
“The area where our house is located is stunningly beautiful,” Danielle says. “There are waterfalls, lakes, mountain views, and amazing hiking. It’s a true four-season community and we wanted our home to be a reflection of the area.”
The couple’s favorite part of their home? “The windows! There are eight huge windows that face south and illuminate the living and dining room from sunrise to sunset. Really, I love the light in the whole house. The bedrooms don’t get any direct sunlight but because of how the house is situated they are bathed in a soft glow throughout the day. I love waking up in that house.”