and Becky Samra purchased their 1925 American Foursquare home in
September, 1996. Since moving in they’ve done extensive work on both
the house and the yard. Matt restored most of the main-floor
woodwork by removing layers of paint and refinishing window frames and
baseboards (as well as restoring original solid brass heating grates).
In 2002 the Samras gutted the kitchen, doubled the width of the
entryway, and added new cabinets, flooring and countertops. After they
finished the kitchen they remodeled the basement and its bathroom and
added a two-tiered deck overlooking the backyard which in 2005 was part
of marshall’s “Welcome to My Garden” tour.
The home is decorated with many artifacts from Becky’s great
grandparents’ farm in northern Michigan, including antique crocks,
buckets and vintage fruit and beverage crates. Many of the furniture
pieces (Chests, dressers, cabinets, picture frames and the dining room
table) were rescued from one of the barns on the family farm and
Other items you can see include a 1914 dinner menu from the Battle
Creek Sanitarium, an antique stained glass window above the stairway
landing (a housewarming gift from Matt to Becky), an 1880's Chautauqua
writing blackboard, a 1920's Victrola record player and an early 20th
Century upright piano the Samras purchased for five dollars and
restored over the course of a year. In the front room there is a 19th
Century porcelain milk pitcher found under Matt’s grandparents’ porch
in Pennsylvania. Be sure to look at the photo collage in the dining
room capturing the seasonal changes of the backyard birch tree.