The front door of a historic Island Road home opens into a living space featuring a large brick fireplace and hearth. It seems an ideal place to hunker down and get cozy as a family – once the dust has settled.
At the start of December, each room of the two-storey historic home sits shrouded in demolition remnants, as Rumon Carter and a handful of helpful friends dismantle much of the old and worn interior.
After renting in the community the last four years, Carter and partner Jennie Sprigings took ownership of the home Dec. 1.
The family, including daughters Pippa Whitfield, 14 and Evelyn Whitfield, 11, makes quick work of required upgrades to make the home livable.
They plan to move in by the New Year.
They were forced out of a second rental in recent years – looking at the rental market versus housing market – real-estate seemed the better option. So in May, they started looking around for a place to set family roots.
It was tight.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom search set up by their real estate agent yielded few results.
“This didn’t come up,” Carter says with a laugh, seated on the porch of the home. “We didn’t just want to move into just anything. We wanted to make sure it was us.”
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They wanted something to fit their values and esthetic, so he opened the parameters a bit, and poked in the corners of the search values.
“I didn’t want to miss something that could have been ‘the thing’,” he says.
Carter was pretty sure he found it in the home that existed before Oak Bay did. He fell in love with the place as he cruised through the photos and considered the stories it might hold.
It took some time to get the rest of the family on board.
Carter looks forward to creating family lore in a home that already comes with a century of stories, as one of Vancouver Island’s oldest settler homes. Built in 1896, the house and …….