House of the Week: Looking for ‘something to do’ couple beautifully restore the Liverpool Queen Anne Revival

LIVERPOOL, NY – In 2016, Vicki and Jeff Layhew of Liverpool were “looking for something to do”.

They wanted to find a home restoration project to work on in the village where they both grew up.

When they first saw the Queen Anne Revival, built in 1900 by Fred Wyker, a prominent businessman and former Onondaga County Sheriff, at 602 Vine Street, they knew it was perfect.

Its location, within walking distance of the heart of the village, its character and history, which they sought out from the local historical society, made it an ideal choice.

In fact, it was so perfect that their home restoration project would eventually become their home.

“My family have loved him for five years,” said Vicki.

Walking through the house for the first time, neither Vicki nor Jeff wanted to show each other how interested they were in the project. But on the way back to DeWitt, they enthusiastically shared ideas about what they could with each other.

The property was once a funeral home and law firm, and the Layhews wanted to convert it back into a warm and comfortable family home.

The walls were removed to create a larger kitchen and a larger family room. An architect was hired to build a new attached two-car garage and a relaxing wraparound front porch.

Vicki said her goal was to “restore” the house, without making it look too much like a “new” house.

The original wallpaper from the upstairs nursery has been retained, the original hardwood floors in the lobby, dining room and family rooms have been preserved and the historic door handles have been left as they are. which.

Some of the details of the time of ownership as a law firm have also remained.

The first floor has two half baths which were the men’s and women’s bedrooms of the office, and its drinking fountain has been maintained in the newly configured utility room.

(A Murphy door, designed to look like a bookcase, leads to the laundry room. Jeff wanted to have a secret book on a shelf that had to be pulled out to open the door, but the couple thought the idea was a bit too tight for them. enter a laundry room. An old office elevator was removed by the couple and given to a local veteran.)

The house has been decorated to blend modern with vintage, with Vicki being very careful to keep the character and charm of the five bedroom home intact.

Jeff called his inventive and creative wife the “resource person” on the project and joked that “she does everything, while I just write the checks.”

Vicki created the unique island in the kitchen from an old dresser found along the side of the road and she built and installed the hanging bed found on the second-story sleeping porch.

Throughout the project, the couple received validation from people around Liverpool, who stopped by to share photographs and thank them for once again restoring the property into residence.

Once the work was done, they decided to move in and really enjoyed the house.

They hosted Sunday dinners, an English Christmas, a wedding, and a girl’s high school graduation.

The cozy family room can accommodate 20 people and the couple enjoy relaxing on the porch and the three season room, which became Jeff’s office during the pandemic.

“It was a beautiful house to be confined to,” he joked.

Vicki says the historic handing over of the property is “absolutely amazing”, and they have all of its original equipment. They are now using it for storage, with Jeff calling it ‘Liverpool’s biggest hangar’, but they both believe it has huge potential.

After five years there, the couple decided to sell the house that was once a project and then became a house.

They plan to stay in the area and are actively looking for “their next project”.

For more information on this property, please contact estate agent Anthony Prince of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. His contact details are below.


Address: 602 Vine Street, Liverpool, NY 13088

Price: $ 320,000

Area: 3,319 square feet

Area: 0.40 acres

Monthly mortgage: $ 1,082 (based on the national average rate of 3.02%, according to Freddie Mac on June 24, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment. Fees and points not included. )

Taxes: $ 11,551 (Based on an assessed value of $ 230,000)

Built: 1900

School District: Liverpool

Cooked: The new extended kitchen is very large and owner Vicki Layhew says ten people can work there. There is ample counter space and storage space. The kitchen has new appliances and a large farmhouse sink. The island was created by Vicki from an old chest of drawers found along the road. It has direct access to the dining room.

Living spaces: This 3,300 square foot house was built in 1900 and served as a funeral home and law office before being renovated by the Layhews. The couple restored it, while mixing the new and the old, modernizing it while retaining its original character and charm. Visitors arrive in the lobby, which has the original hardwood floors, which extends into the dining and family rooms. The large family room has been enlarged, and 20 people can be seated on the large sofa. There is a gas fireplace. Jeff Layhew loves the room before three seasons that he used as an office during the pandemic. It has windows on three sides and has access to the attached garage. The first floor has a new utility room which is hidden by a Murphy door, disguised as a library.

Bedrooms: The five bedrooms of the house are located on the second floor. The spacious master has a California king bed, four dressers and a desk. It has a wood-burning fireplace. The other bedrooms are large and each have large closets. Two bedrooms are connected by their wardrobes and another has access to a veranda for sleeping. A small room was once a nursery. The air conditioning for the house has been installed in the open attic which Jeff says keeps the second floor cooler than the first.

Bathrooms : There are four bathrooms in the house, three of which have been recently renovated. The upstairs master has a walk-in glass shower and a huge wardrobe with a barn door. The first floor has two shower rooms, which were once the men’s and women’s rooms of law firms.

Outside: The house is located on almost half an acre. It has a large front yard with a large magnolia tree. The porch is new and the owners love to relax there. A ceiling fan keeps the area cool even in the summer. The couple have had the attached two-car garage built over the past five years. The delivery is original from the property. The owner has all his equipment. They now use it for storage and keep their cars there for the winter. The long driveway has recently been paved. Once sealed, the lines can be painted, making it easier to park at big parties. The location of the house is within walking distance of the heart of Liverpool.

Agent: Antoine Prince

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Address: 102 West Seneca Street, Suite 110, Manlius, NY 13104

Telephone: (315) 491-5271

Email: [email protected]


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