Over the last few decades, many homes in Cotuit’s historic district have been renovated. Today, there are only a handful in real need. 1081 Main Street was a holdout. As of a year ago, it was looking very sad and abandoned. (The picture below belies how bad it was…lots of rot, holes in the roof, the whole bit.) It was great to notice the beginnings of a “full Monty” last April.
According to the sometimes suspect Barnstable records, the house was built in 1880. The date comports with the Greek revival architecture and history of the village expansion. For many years it was owned by the Wings family, presumably the namesake of Wings Lane. It went through couple other owners and in late 2017 was picked up by Andrew Prchlik, owner of Main Street Building, LLC in West Barnstable. The sale price was $300,000, almost $150,000 less than the assessed value of the land. Andy is a great guy who really appreciates Cotuit and brought a lot of heart (and investment) to the project.
By April, the place was gutted, and they did a beautiful job shoring up the foundation with the brick.
In June, the crew poured foundation to connect the house to a new garage in back and to extend the footprint north to accommodate a first floor master bedroom. In parallel, they reframed the inside.
Next, by early August, the old white-painted shakes were off, ultimately to be replaced by cedar shakes. (Pic from the Barnstable Property Maps site.) They also prepped the site for a new deck in front.
By September, they exterior had really taken shape. The pre-dipped shakes are very handsome and the trim work is superb.
Soon after, a beautiful retaining wall went in on the south side of what would be the driveway. Interior work continued and they finished the front deck and add some plants in early October.
Above on the right, you can see the beginnings of an 8 ft fence the frames really nice, private back yard and a lovely patio equipped, of course, with an outdoor shower.
Work inside continued apace through the fall. And, the mild weather allowed the front lawn to fill in beautifully. Here’s a view of this gift to the village from Main Street on an unusually pleasant January day. Thanks, Andy.