ALLEGANY — Something about colonial-style homes and that time period in U.S. history piques Bill and Kay Palmer’s interest in such a way that they decided to surround themselves in it.
In 1968, Kay and her husband purchased property at 2149 Klice Kross Road, and Bill immediately began to work on constructing a colonial model home among the ranches that existed prior to their arrival to the country setting.
“I don’t know what it is about colonials. I just like the appearance of them, and it is a rare to find that style here,” Kay Palmer said, adding the interior of the home was even decorated to fit the colonial period. She acquired an astonishing variety of glassware and a couple of lamps from the 18th century, which were passed onto her from family members.
When building their 2,698-square-foot home, the Palmers decided to put their own stamp on it, designing it with variations of the southern, New England, modern and contemporary styles in mind.
The structure is white and symmetrical — a traditional exterior color and shape for colonials — with a centered front door and an equal number of windows on the front of the first and second floors.
The front exterior features six colonial-style pillars and a simple greyish-blue molding around the doorway.
Another staple in a colonial home is placing all of the bedrooms on the second floor. This is the case in the Palmer home.
Four second-story rooms exist in the residence, each of them fairly similar in size with the exception of a larger master bedroom on the south end. The master has an attached bathroom containing a pedestal sink, hardwood flooring, jacuzzi tub and walk-in closet.
The wall colors in most of the rooms throughout the home are true to colonial shades — white and light neutral tones. However, there is a dark blue and a light pink bedroom to break the trend.
Other unique features include a recently updated kitchen with solid oak cabinets and commercial dual stove, a dining room with a ceiling-to-floor built-in china cabinet with three glass doors and drawers, and a fireplace with a brick chimney and grill rests in a rear sitting room next to the kitchen on the north end.
The sitting room space previously served as the living room before the Palmers renovated their attached garage in the late 1980s to make a larger living room area that features a pair of French doors leading to the driveway and a wood-burning fireplace with a customized hearth.
A new oversized two-car garage was constructed near the southwest side of the home. It comes with a telephone, a television and waterline hook-ups and a new furnace.
Kay Palmer said her husband uses that space as his personal workshop.
Though there are less windows on the front of home than one would find on a traditional southern colonial, plenty of natural light beams come in from the multiple windows on the rear and sides of the home and from the enclosed patio, where one can gaze at the woods out back. Two other patios are also attached to the residence.
The home and its manicured landscaping were designed to be the Palmers’ dream living situation, and it has been for many years, Kay Palmer said, noting she enjoys the quiet community within a short distance of Olean, the city where she and her husband worked for decades.
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