Ever Wondered What Norm Abram's House is Like?
Master carpenter Norm Abram lives in a colonial (not surprisingly) that he built with the help of his father.
Norm Abram is well-known for his love of old homes and his skill in restoring them. So it might surprise you to know that the house that he lives in is actually a relatively new home, which he began to build in 1992.
His reasoning for owning a newer home makes sense from his perspective.. while living in Hudson Massachussetts, he found that he needed more space and privacy for his family. As he says, fixing up older homes was his day job, so the idea of constructing one from scratch that had the look of a traditional colonial but had all of the modern ammenities and was extremely energy efficient seemed like a no-brainer.
Norm Abram's love of carpentry and diy came from his father, who built the family home that Norm grew up in. It was a brick rancher located in Massachusetts that his father constructed in the 1950's, which is not exactly the type of home is known for rennovating on his television shows. Norm Abram's love of building and restoring homes came from the purchase of his first house, which was a garrison colonial. Colonial style homes are very indicative of the New England area where Norm Abram grew up and lived..
Norm Abram always had the thought that he wanted to build a home of his own, just like his father did. And he thought it would be great to have his dad help him with it.
Norm managed to find a private 4 acre lot in a neighboring town that he felt would be perfect for his dream home. Naturally, Norm wanted to build a colonial. The home he had in mind was a sprawling, 4,500 sqare foot home with 4 bedrooms to accomodate his family. He envisioned a two story front foyer, an large addition towards the back of the house for a kitchen and family area, and of course a large garage that could serve as a workshop and storage area.
Even though the home would be new construction, Norm Abram loves the look and feel of an older home, so he wished for it to have a rustic look and feel. He decided that an exposed post and beam framing structure would add that touch of old charm that he sought.