Inside look at a beautifully updated farm house

Posted by Samantha Haas on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 3:22pm.

From patching and painting to wallpapering and drywalling, Mike and Dianna McMaster have been busy updating the interior of their nearly 2,000-square-foot farm house at 501 Muller Road in the town of York over the last 15 years.

While they are ready to downsize, it will be tough for them (and their grown kids and younger grandchildren) to say goodbye.

"Being that we did most of it ourselves, it's a lot of blood, sweat and tears," Dianna said. "It's a house that we will definitely miss."

Built nearly a century ago in a nearby town, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house in northeastern Dane County just hit the market, featuring plenty of updates and stunning countryside views.

Main level

The biggest change came with the addition above the garage, which adds a second living area on the main floor and an entrance from the basement.

"We call it our breakfast room, because that's where we sit and have coffee and read the paper and watch the news in the morning," Dianna said.

That room leads into the kitchen, featuring hickory cabinetry, tile flooring, and a built-in pantry with recycling center, and a bathroom that's no longer green.

Through the doorway is Dianna's favorite, the dining room, which has views of every space on the main level. 

A friend also added the archway that frames the living room, which used to be split in half for another bedroom but still retains a closet.

They've also added new mechanicals, windows, and downstairs trim.


At the top of the stairs, natural light pours in from the window and door leading to the balcony. The original maple floors have been refinished in some of the rooms

Each of the three bedrooms on the second floor have closets, and they are all the same size. What sets the master bedroom apart is its access to the balcony.

There used to be a fourth bedroom, but the McMasters converted it into a bathroom, which features a clawfoot tub and shower.

The former half-bathroom is now a laundry room.

At the end of the hallway is a door that leads to the unfinished attic, which has potential for a neat space with a view.

Did you know this nearly century-old house was moved here from another town? Read about its relocation and see photos of the exterior transformation in this blog post.

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