The house at 131 East Main Street in Trumansburg is right on the road, but once you are inside of it, you would never know that. The owners have insulated the house to the point where you barely hear the traffic. In addition, the extensive renovation of the interior has the effect of making it a world onto itself, inviting and comfortable and far away from the world outside.
You will enter through the side door and find yourself in the kitchen, which is organized around a central island that includes a sink and breakfast bar with three chairs. The working area of the room is floored with hickory and the remainder is tiled.
The cabinets are custom-made with cherry panels and maple trim. This two-toned look actually works quite well because more of the surface is dark cherry and the light maple trim serves to brighten the room and define the doors of the cabinets.
The floor in the dining room (pictured at right) is oak, but the wainscoting is butternut. This species is related to walnut, but while that wood can have a purplish caste, this is a warm, yellowish-brown. There are double-doors leading out to a side yard where a deck or a patio could be added. Although these doors provide a lot of light, there are also two skylights that let in even more.
A hall to the back of the house brings you past the laundry room and a wall of built-in storage cabinets (also made of hardwood). There is a mudroom inside the back door and off to the right is another room that is large enough to be used as an office or even a bedroom. The floor here is a motley collection of all the hardwood left over from other jobs. This out of the way room actually has tiger maple trim.
The living room is at the front of the house and still has the original 19th century wide plank floors. They are in quite good shape because they were covered with carpeting for decades and have been painstaking restored by the owners.
There is a brick hearth with a wood mantel set into the front wall. It is built around a gas fireplace.
There is a study in the front (southeast) corner with hickory cabinets around a built-in desk with tiger maple shelves. There is a computer workspace on the opposite wall next to the window.
There are three bedrooms upstairs, including one that is essentially a master suite with its own full bath and twin closets.
The upstairs bathroom has just been renovated and includes a tiled shower stall. The full bathroom downstairs has a tub/shower.
The woodwork has been painstakingly stripped throughout and much of the original hardware on the doors has been retained. •