A 1974 Kit House Is Gutted in a Frenzy, Then Fine-Tuned for Close to a Decade

A couple rehab and refine a drab suburban home outside of New York City.
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When Andrew and Emily Kotchen began searching for a house in Irvington, New York, a village about 20 miles north of Manhattan, they wanted a home with the bright, airy feel of a SoHo loft. But the house they eventually bought was exactly the opposite: a 1974 Vermont Frames kit house with heart-pine wall paneling and ceilings, few windows, and the look of a dark cottage.

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