Jane Beiles for The New York Times
New York Times Jane Beiles for The New York Times

Author August Burroughs (Running with Scissors), did not plan on ever leaving his home of Manhattan, NY. Yet, when he and his husband fell in love with a farmhouse situated upon eight acres of land in Southbury, Conn., they had to get it. The home was built, depending on the source, in 1780, 1783, or 1820.

Burroughs and his husband of three years, Christopher Schelling, decided to renovate their home backwards in time in keeping with the original fixtures of the house. The house contains lots of space, plenty of wall-to-wall bookcases, a sunroom, five fireplaces, wide-plank floors, original window pans, and tall windows.

Instead of updating, the couple backdated. They renovated a bathroom back to an original 1930s style with “small handmade tiles and period-appropriate fixtures.” The bathroom had been renovated in the 1990s to feature a fiberglass shower unit that the couple just couldn’t live with. The same mindset was applied to the rest of the house.

“There are old houses that have super-modern kitchens with granite counters, and that’s lovely, but it’s not what we wanted,” Mr. Burroughs said. “This house has been beautifully maintained and cared for, but it hasn’t been bastardized.”

He and Mr. Schelling have made some effort to confine their furniture choices to antiques. The Eastlake bed in the master bedroom is from the late 19th century. An English table with barley-twist legs and a dresser with the initials “ES,” both from the early 18th century, sit in opposite corners of the living room"

View a slideshow of Burrough’s backdated remodel on the New York Times’ website by clicking the link below.

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