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In the News: A Home on the Tracks



In the New York Times' Great Homes and Destinations, the feature "In England, at Home in a Railroad Station" caught my eye. The piece describes the remodeling process taken on by an American/British dual citizen, who purchased a former railroad station in dilapidated form and made it family-ready. Steve Sokalsky tried to maintain the sense of history in Lenwade Station, which dates back to before 1882, when transforming it into his two-bedroom, one-bath home. But he also integrated high technology, such as "its own computer server so the family can use an online system to access the heating, lighting, TV, broadband, and closed-circuit television service," and a wireless keyboard controlling a built-in TV, DVD player, or computer monitor screen that can float in the bathtub. Despite these modernizations, looking at the exterior, you can almost still hear the conductor's whistle and the chug of a train passing through. Sokalsky explained, "Our plan now is to extend the house, but all the work we do will be very much in keeping with the old building. It is very important to us that from the outside at least this property still looks very much like a station.”
Jonathan Player for the New York Times

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