Emily Godfrey and her husband, Kyle, were enjoying life in their 1960s-vintage, 1000-square-foot house when they got the news that they were expecting twins.
The Godfreys loved their little house, but it had a problem. The laundry room was in a storage area off the carport.
“I couldn’t imagine leaving the babies in the house while I did the wash outside,” Emily Godfrey said.
The young couple searched the area for a bigger house but couldn’t find exactly what they wanted. That’s when they decided to stay put and turn their small house into it.
The couple doubled the size of the house by adding a den, a small playroom, a bathroom and the much-needed laundry room.
As part of the renovation, the Godfreys did some “spiffing up” of the kitchen and bedroom and updated some of the lighting in the older part of the house. Then they painted everything.
They began the addition in the summer of 2009. It was just finished by September when their twin daughters arrived a few weeks early.
That left Emily Godfrey with little time to decorate the new addition.
“Initially, we hardly had any furniture for the den except for an old red sectional sofa,” she said. “The workmen got finished, and we had the girls. At that point, we were in survival mode.”
With help from her mother, Ann Monroe, Godfrey dumped the red couch and purchased two sofas and two comfortable chairs in “more mellow colors.”
“We decided to bring the color in in other ways,” said Godfrey, a well-known local artist whose works are available at Acadian Frame & Art.
She said she “shifted around” most of her wood furniture and added accessories including an assortment of pillows in geometric fabrics. By using her paintings and those of several of her artist friends, the home now has a warm, but lived-in look.
As part of the renovation, the Godfreys added a wall of built-ins in the den. “These are great in a smaller house,” Emily Godfrey said. “We definitely use all of our space.”
The front door originally opened to the living room, which Godfrey now uses as her dining room. A small sitting area connects the dining room to the kitchen.
The bedroom wing contains the home’s original hardwood floors.
The twins — Mary Thomas and Anna Katherine — share a room and sleep in their mother’s childhood twin beds.
“They love that,” Emily Godfrey said.
Even though the Godfreys live less that a half-mile from Old Hammond Highway, their home has a country-like setting. They are at the end of a winding street that backs up to a large undeveloped tract of land.
“That makes it really nice,” she said.
It’s also within a mile of her parents and her sister and brother-in-law and not far from the Interstate, which Emily Godfrey will travel in the fall to Episcopal, where the girls will start school and she will resume her teaching career that has been on hold since their births.