How This Couple Transformed a 19th Century Berkshires Home Into the Most Charming Airbnb

How This Couple Transformed a 19th Century Berkshires Home Into the Most Charming Airbnb

The Filomena sits on over an acre of land in West Stockbridge, “a crunchy small

The Filomena sits on over an acre of land in West Stockbridge, “a crunchy small city with a river operating by means of it sandwiched amongst I-90 and the mountains,” states Spain. They fell in love with West Stockbridge—and its quaint, quirky retailers like Six Depot Roastery & Cafe and Sandy Klempner at Home—after traveling to one particular of Spain’s childhood friends in the place. After lots of repeat visits, Bolognino, a advertising and marketing manager at Google, and Spain, the operator of an interior and landscaping agency, determined to consider the plunge into homeownership.

But a turnkey country escape wasn’t their fashion. “As two gay adult men who grew up in conservative environments, we’re usually rooting for the underdog, so when a listing for a derelict old manse on the edge of town with quite a few of the initial historical details continue to intact landed in our inbox, our interest was instantly piqued,” states Bolognino. The two started out bingeing home renovation shows and Youtube films, studying how to do all the fixer-higher responsibilities 1 can do without the need of a permit. Around the following 24 months, Spain tackled the creative and style whilst Bolognino took about logistics like funds monitoring and contractor payments. “The full detail finished up currently being a accurate amalgamation of the two of us,” says Spain.

Photograph: By James John Jetel
Picture: By John James Jetel

The challenge wasn’t devoid of its emotional and fiscal strains. “We’re normally a very little doubtful when we read renovation tales where by partners say every thing was a breeze and it all went seamlessly,” claims Bolognino. “Although without having stories like individuals it’s possible we wouldn’t have been foolish ample to do it in the initial location.” However the end result was worth it. “All we could do was hope that it would result in some thing magic that we could create collectively to appreciate and share with mates, household, company, and the neighborhood,” Bolognino provides. 4 years later on, those hopes have occur legitimate.

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Image: Michael Bolognino

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