Take a peek at this outside-meets-inside home, one of five to be featured on the 25th-annual Huntington Woods Home Tour
Stately Tudor homes, many dating to the early 1920s, line the meandering streets in the historic district of Huntington Woods, where the layout was inspired by that of Huntingdon, England.
Tucked into this idyllic community is a home that once gave a young boy nightmares.
But the boy’s mother had a vision — and she had a husband who had become used to her innovations.
“The first time we saw it, my kids were petrified,” says Erin Shafritz, a freelance prop stylist with an eye for the distinctive. “It had vines climbing all over the windows.”
But as soon as she stepped inside, she knew this was it.
It was in disrepair, and required extensive gutting, “but the bare bones of the house were amazing,” Shafritz says.
Coming from a Colonial in Huntington Woods, Shafritz, her husband, Jeff, and their two active boys “were all in each other’s faces,” she says. “An open floor plan is much better for us.”
Built in 1940 as a Colonial with a cross-gabled roof and double-hung windows, the home’s previous owners had expanded on either side, giving it the feeling of a long ranch. It also had plenty of opportunities to bring the earthy lushness outdoors in, to the point where the division becomes blurred.
“I wanted an outdoor area. This has lots of space, the yard is green and lush and an enormous skylight lets us see it,” Shafritz says. “The house faces the west, so the house is always lit up with sun.”
Working with contractor Mike Williams of Ferndale, Shafritz gutted the home and redesigned it into a comfortable, functional and inspiring respite for the whole family — and their friends.
“My kids have friends over all the time. Now, from my kids, I get smiles and lots of happiness.
“And my husband — last year, in the middle of the summer, we were sitting outside,” Shafritz says. “My husband turns to me and says, ‘I couldn’t be happier.’”
Lynne Konstantin Arts & Life Editor
Brett Mountain Photographer
The Shafritz home will be one of five included in this year’s Huntington Woods Home Tour, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Sponsored by the Huntington Woods Women’s League, the tour takes place 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, beginning at the Huntington Woods Library. $20/advance; $25 day of. Hwwl.org. For a 3D tour of the home, created by photographer Brett Mountain, visit plac3d.com/HWHT.