When Dan Feigen saw the house, he was drawn to its charm and possibilities.
“We bought it with no electric, no driveway, no gas,” he said.
A new kitchen had been added in the 1830s, according to the history compiled by Marshall. That was likely its most modern renovation.
“We were still in our 30s. We started to do the early demolition ourselves,” Dan recalled.
They hired an architect to draw the dream in their heads, then a general contractor to make it come true.
Within a year, the renovation was completed enough that they could move in.
“The kitchen wasn’t done. The refrigerator was in the garage about 150 feet from the front door,” Dan said. Every time their 2-year-old daughter Rebecca wanted juice, Dan or Abby would have to walk out to the garage to get it. “Don’t take so long,“ their daughter would instruct.
“That was the start of our life in the house,” said Dan.
For the next year, the small family endured contractors, dust and construction upheaval. Abby would often repeat her mantra – the one they’ve named the house for – Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time.