YFI Custom Homes was honored to have a project featured in the October issue of Maine Home +Design Magazine appropriately titled The Best of Both Worlds. This article was particularly close to home as it showcased YFI owner Glenn Farrell and his wife Mary’s personal Maine residence. As Jen DeRose, Managing Editor of Maine Home + Design and author of the piece, began the story:
“A 200-year-old York farmhouse updated for decades to come
So many sprawling Maine farmhouses have been added on to and added on to, creating a warren of rooms and a jumble of passageways from a mishmash of eras, This is only partly true for the early-1800s York home of Glenn and Mary Farrell. Although over the course of our two-hour visit, Glenn makes reference to something or other having been “added on to” no less than nine times, in this case it’s nearly impossible to tell. If Glenn didn’t point out those additions, a visitor would never know. The old ends and the new begins in a smooth, seamless transition, an artful blending of historical detail with contemporary touches.”
In the article, Glenn explains that as is characteristic of most old Maine farmhouses, the home was composed of several buildings. One of his first renovations was to connect the main home to a back shed which he did by joining the structures with a breezeway. This breezeway has been transformed into a cheerful dining room with a checkerboard floor and French doors.
With the assistance of TMS Architect’s Bill Soupcoff and Janice Page of PK Surroundings, the kitchen was transformed from a dark and isolated space into a central gathering space for family and friends. According to Bill Soupcoff, the idea was to “capture the character of an old Maine rambling farmhouse and build on what was already there.”
YFI Millworks, a division of YFI Custom Homes, is also located on the property, ensuring that YFI’s clients have access to beautiful finish work for cabinetry and mouldings. A sample of a finished project completed by YFI Millworks is this banquette, opposite the kitchen, and one of Mary Farrell’s favorite spots in the home.