Hope Floats

Hope Floats

By Kelsey Keith / Photos by Mark Mahaney
A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead.

In 2002, when Tom Givone bought a toppling 200-year-old farmhouse peeling with outdated neon blue paint, his new neighbors in upstate New York advised chucking it straight into a pit in the house’s equally rundown backyard. Instead, the experience helped define the homeowner-turned-contractor's love of the picturesque and channel it into a newfound talent for renovation.

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