“Original content is so substantially superior than what you can invest in,” Kurt claims. Right after refurbishing the first built-in cupboards in the master bedroom, the Ackermans put in cupboards in each area upstairs in the older fashion of the home.

Now, right after an addition and the intensive restoration process, the Glass Household is 3,000 sq. feet with a few bedrooms and two and a half baths. The brick driveway is an first part of the home, alongside with an original tub, authentic door hardware through the household and some light fixtures from each the 1870s and 1920s.

The pair even had a photograph of the household from a 1895 posting in the regional paper, the Edwardsville Intelligencer. They matched the distinct rectangle style and design on the entrance porch of the house, which is Kurt’s major goal with any venture.

“Every time I acquire on a challenge I like having it back to what it was. We kept a large amount of the first stuff,” he suggests. “We could move factors all around, but I try out to continue to keep as a great deal of the unique household that we quite possibly can.”

At Home with Kurt & Gretchen Ackerman

Rillo, the woman American Staffordshire Terrier, with owners Kurt and Gretchen Ackerman in the dwelling room of their Edwardsville, IL household on August 21, 2021. Photo by Tim Vizer

Kurt and Gretchen Ackerman

Ages • He’s 60, and she’s 57.

Occupations • He owns Previous Household Restoration, which specializes in restoring outdated doors and home windows. She’s a former industry analysis analyst, and not too long ago began working for their company.