How a Little Goes a Long Way
When Brett Williams and his wife saw the house on Cousins Island, it was rundown and desperately in need of housekeeping. But Brett was sure he wanted to invest in this second home.
“I’m a bit of a history buff. I knew this house had a very rich history. It went all the way back to 1905 and a gentleman named Sir Henry Thornton… a Midwestern native who was knighted after serving in World War I. He was (also) a railroad tycoon, a bit of a globetrotter, and he built the Cousins Island home as a getaway for him and his family.”
The Williams renovated the house to modern standards and transformed the cottage into a birght airy retreat for the family with three kids. They worked closely with Architect Kevin Browne and builder Jeff Sonnichsen, the house was restored over a three year period. While the roof and walls had to be replaced, a lot of the elements of the old cottage were preserved and they managed to “keep the soul of the house intact”.
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