Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN lives and works in his town’s Historic District, where he and his wife own two Victorian houses. He works in a Victorian that was built in 1894, and they live in another that was built in 1890.
Both of the houses, say Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN, are beautiful, and he says that he and his wife love them both. But they have had to make some adjustments. “The floor plans have taken a little getting used to,” he concedes. “And we had to have both of them updated with modern plumbing and electrical wiring.”
Even though both of the houses have modern plumbing, Michael Milnes says they are a little cramped by modern standards. “That doesn’t bother too much – I can get used to anything,” he says. “But my wife Christine took a little longer adjusting.”
Once the couple got used to living in a Victorian, though, they wouldn’t have it any other way. Many of the rooms are small by today’s standards, but are connected by a maze of hallways and doors. Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN says that adds a lot of character to the place, and he likes it a lot.
“We thought about knocking out a few walls to give the place a roomier feel. But we couldn’t do it. The guy that came here to make a bid told us that the walls we wanted to knock out were load-bearing, and had to stay because they’re supporting the weight of the top floors.” They compromised by adding an archway to one of the walls on the first floor, which left enough of the support in place while opening up the room a little bit.
Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN says that when all is said and done, it’s worth it because they are living in a beautiful historic neighborhood that they love a lot.