Jennifer and Hugh's Welcoming Home

Jennifer and Hugh's Welcoming Home

Therese Maring
Apr 7, 2010

Name: Jennifer and Hugh
Who else lives here: Children Keith, Eric, and Julia, along with Jennifer's parents Charity and Moe
Location: Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Size: 4,200 square feet, incorporating living space for three generations of family, plus Hugh's home office. ("It's not a house, it's an industry," jokes Charity.)
Years lived in: owned for 22 years

This is a story of how two hearths can make one home. When Jennifer and Hugh bought their Wisconsin farmhouse 22 years ago, they were a young family looking for a place to establish roots. Over the next decade they slowly remodeled, refinishing doors and baseboards, scraping layers of linoleum to uncover maple floorboards in the kitchen. They installed a stunning Vermont Castings woodstove, which became the center of their cozy living room. They raised their children, planted gardens, and watched them both grow. And as the family evolved, so did their living space.