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Text by she yanne romero Photography by reggie ellis { } 2 0 1 5 T r a d i T i o n s M a g a z i n e 25 Christmas the gift of past "We tried in each detail to make it look as original as we could and use the same materials they would have used or make new materials," C h a r l i e K i r K s e y o w n e r o f t h e c l o v e r h o u s e ifts come in many forms – some are wrapped in decorative paper and finished with a glimmer- ing ribbon. others can be carried in a card filled with sentimental words. is holiday season, Char- lie Kirksey gave his wife a gift that couldn't be wrapped. e 100-year-old craftsman home that he spent a year renovating couldn't be fit in a box and was far too large for a bow. "i've always dreamed of having a craftsman home of this character, " shared Charlie's wife Tricia Kirksey. and for the first time the two will share the gift with their entire family for Christmas. on dec. 24, Charlie and Trisha are look- ing forward to hosting more than 50 family members at their new home. Much will be the same, such as their White elephant gift ex- change, however, their little ones will be able to create memories in a house full of love and history. "it's about being together as a family," shared Tricia. after purchasing the home last year, Charlie set out to accomplish one goal: "To bring this house back to what it should have been origi- nally." as she looked at her hus- band, Tricia smiled and said, "i'm so proud of what he's accomplished, and i get to live in here." e Clover House is located near exeter's downtown at 224 north e street. e home seems as if it's brand new to the neighborhood, but in reality it has been a fixture in the town's history since 1908. Charlie worked diligently to make their house a home, carefully accentuating the existing structure. on the front of the house Kirksey kept in place the stonework that encases the bottom por- tion of the edifice. ey added the front steps which are covered in small river rock. e largest differ- ence is what they did to the inside. Like many homes, there is an upstairs and a downstairs. Unlike most homes, there is a large screened porch upstairs that lends itself to a view of exeter's downtown. its position makes it perfect for summer night lounging. "Charlie had to strip seven to eight coats of paint off the walls before we got to the original wood," Tricia said. every room has a feeling of originality. e hardwood floors were the original wood, and Char- lie noted that to keep its original feel they went out of their way to keep the authentic material, or find something identical to match. However, it was not only the wood that was restored to the home, the windows were preserved as well. e upstairs and downstairs bath- rooms were restored after years of water damage. in addition to preserving the century-old structure, Charlie and Tricia have filled the house with antiques that match the home's age. Two antique stickley chairs rest in front of the home's hearth. e couple rescued the treasures from an elks Lodge, and after stripping the thick layers of paint away, Charlie found the craftsman- ship that lay underneath. "We tried in each detail to make it look as original as we could and use the same materials they would have used or make new materials," said Charlie. Keeping in true exeterite form, the Kirkseys

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