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Living in a Rountree Remodel

Although it’s seen its fair share of makeover and remodel projects over the years, Megan and Nik White’s 102-year-old Rountree home still boasts plenty of cute, cozy and historic charm.

By Savannah Waszczuk | Photos by Brandon Alms

Mar 2016

Living in a Rountree Remodel

The home’s kitchen (above) is one of the things that first attracted Megan to the house. “I love how open it is,” Megan says. The space was refinished with new flooring and appliances before the Whites moved in, but they added the subway tile backsplash. An original brick chimney sits near a large window that looks to the backyard (below), adding weathered contrast to the otherwise bright white space.


In 2011, Nik and Megan White were perfectly happy living in their loft in downtown Springfield. “We weren’t looking to buy a house at the time,” Megan says. But then the Rountree bungalow they currently live in went on the market, and everything changed. “I knew the people who owned it before from high school,” Megan says. “I came in and took photos of their family here. I always knew that if it ever went up for sale, we’d want it.” But Megan and Nik weren’t the only two who had their eye on the space.  “It had four offers in one weekend,” Megan says. Fortunately for her, she and Nik were the lucky bidders, and they began moving in to the 102-year-old home that October.

Minus some fresh paint, a few new windows and front door and a couple of other small updates, the home is the same as it was the day they moved in. “That was one of the things we liked the most about this house,” Megan says. “It’s hard to find an old home that was already modernized, and with all of this natural light.” 

With three bedrooms and one bathroom, the house is just large enough for the White family, which includes 9-month-old Samuel and 28-month-old Elijah. Both of the boys’ rooms are upstairs, and Nik and Megan’s room is situated on the main level along with the living room, kitchen, dining room and a recently transformed playroom. “That room has been multiple things since we moved in,” Megan says. The 2-inch-plank hardwood floors that run throughout much of the space are another one of the home’s original features, as well as a deed book that states the land dates back to 1839. “We believe the house was built in 1914,” Megan says.

The space is brought to life with Megan’s personal design touches, which include lots of bright pops of color and one-of-a-kind furnishings she’s been collecting for years. “I actually found some of the boys’ furniture at Cricket in the House downtown before we had kids,” Megan says.  It all goes perfectly with the historic house, which is located in the heart of Springfield yet still boasts a massive backyard. “It’s quiet, but still close to everything,” Megan says. “It really is the best of both worlds.”
 

The home’s kitchen (above) is one of the things that first attracted Megan to the house. “I love how open it is,” Megan says. The space was refinished with new flooring and appliances before the Whites moved in, but they added the subway tile backsplash. An original brick chimney sits near a large window that looks to the backyard (below), adding weathered contrast to the otherwise bright white space.

 


The front door leads to the home’s living room. All of the windows on this side of the house were replaced, but they’re the same style as the original and still allow in plenty of natural light. The Whites painted this room and its trim when they moved in, and they also painted the fireplace white. 

 

As owner of Meg White Photography and co-planner of Social Graces—a wedding and event planning business—Megan is well in touch with her creative side. She regularly changes things up and adds fun, seasonal décor to the home, either with pieces she makes herself or purchases from local artists, like this heart garland by Skylar Watson.

 

A previous owner added shelving to a main wall in the master bedroom, and Megan and Nik more recently built a desk into the space. “When two little boys came into our lives, we had to find ways to get creative,” Megan says. The room featured carpet much longer than the other rooms in the house, so its wood floors are in prime condition. “Eventually we’d like to refinish all of the home’s floors,” Megan says. 

 


The shape of each of the boys’ rooms is best described as a chunky L. Elijah’s room has space for both a bed and a cozy seating area. The space features mid-century modern-style furniture along with modern, bright throw pillows and rugs, creating an aesthetically pleasing space perfect for a 2-year-old who is always on the go. 

 


Thanks to an extra bed, Samuel’s room doubles as a guest room when needed. The space sits on the second floor opposite Elijah’s room, and it’s basically the same shape, but flipped. Megan decorated the space with a range of décor from a world map to a buffalo print, as well as a few old pieces of furniture found in downtown Springfield.