By: Jim Cline
ASHFIELD, Mass (WGGB)– Catherine Stevens and Juliette Meeus were looking for a new home in Western Massachusetts, and they were caught between new and old.
“When we first started looking in the area, we were really thinking that we would build something new because we really wanted it to be environmentally friendly and sustainable,” Meeus said.
But both women had lived in old homes and liked the ambience and when they saw the house in Ashfield, they fell in love with it.
It was built in 1817 by one of the settlers in the Ashfield region.
It was a large home for the time. Stevens and Meeus have had it completely gutted. They put in new windows, it’s been insulated and a geothermal heating and cooling system is being installed along with solar panels.
John Joyce, the general contractor, says working on old homes like this is more difficult.
“With modern construction, we can use modern materials,” he said, “so it’s a longer process and more difficult process but in the end you have a great result.”
Stevens and Meeus plan to move into their new old home in March.