The group is hoping to sell the house this spring in the $900,000 to $1.1 million price range. For now, imagination is required when touring the property in order to envision the finished product, designed with Winchester architect David Stirling of Stirling/Brown Architects Inc.
“There’s a rhythm on the street,” Stirling said. “The houses are small, and the best thing is to maintain the original look on the front. The addition in the back is where you have the opportunity to add a lot of open space, something Delince [Louis] was really keen on.
“A fair amount of steel went into making those open spaces, something that’s not typical in construction because builders don’t like to use steel, it adds to the cost, but Delince wanted it.”
Right now, the wooden, faded green front door is one of the last original pieces standing, as the house, a partial tear-down — zoning wouldn’t allow a complete demolition — is transformed into a four-bedroom, 3½ bath, 4,200-square-foot Dutch Colonial with a two-bay garage.
The Beantown trio, who recently completed a successful rehab and flip on a three-family home on Woodlawn Street in Everett, hopes their investment proves positive in Winchester, too.
Stirling, the architect, is not worried. “Winchester’s an expensive town,” he said. “People here can get a good return.”
Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.