Victorian houses are roomy and built to last and at one time they were fairly inexpensive to own, especially if they needed work and tender loving care. My father fixed two Victorians and one 1940s house over his lifetime. He also had impeccable taste when it came to interior decorating.
This is how the house looked when they originally purchased it (it needed a lot of work, my father's architectural and carpentry skills, but it ended up to be quite the show-stopper in the end! -- see the results towards the end of post).
this is how it looked after they moved in, but before my father rehabilitated it:
old kitchen machines:
my father on a ladder fixing up the house:
the studio where my father first set up his workshop (it later became the place where he did his architectural drawings and where he painted all of the windows and doors in the house):
the bank of windows in the studio
(note for the slots under the windows, he put in little drawers):
This is what those banks of windows looked like from the outside
(with view of the back porch):
this is what the diningroom eventually looked like
(with window seat, colors, plants, new double paned windows and the wainscoting taken out):
another view of window seat in the diningroom:
here is what the newly constructed diningroom bump-out looked like:
how the livingroom came out:
house with newly constructed bump-outs (the nearest is the livingroom one):
here is how the front porch looked:
the house in autumn:
There will be some updated photos of this house soon as the house is going on the market. I'll add them when I can.
It is amazing how a tattered house can become a masterpiece. Hope you enjoyed!