Joelle and Mike DeRoche fell in love with their Woodstock home and neighborhood almost at once.

“It looks really traditional on the outside, but it had some contemporary elements to it on the inside. As soon as we walked in we thought this house is really cool,” said Mike. “I don’t think we were there two miniutes before we were pretty much convinced we were going to buy it.”

When they purchased the house in 2018, they thought that they’d only need to do a few small updates and repairs throughout the space, but when they started to get into minor renovations they realized that in order to make it their dream home, the house would need a near total remodel.

“We ended up pretty much gutting the entire interior of the house,” said Mike.

They leveled and replaced the floors, rearranged and renovated the entire kitchen, gutted the bathrooms, removed a wall between the living room and foyer and replaced the staircase.

“It seems continuous and harmonious, and that’s something you can only do if you buy a brand new house or commit to doing the whole house at one time,” said Mike.

The renovation gave the couple the opportunity to make the home their own, giving the space a flow and style that suited them and their lifestyle.

“This is our house forever,” said Joelle. “We wanted a perfect house for our forever.”


Residents: Joelle and Mike DeRoche. Joelle is a middle school science teacher, and Mike is a financial adviser.

Location: Woodstock

Size: 2,000 square feet, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Year built: 1990

Year bought: 2018

Renovations: refinished popcorn ceilings, replaced all the windows, rebuilt stairs, replaced floors, completely renovated the kitchen and bathrooms, installed crown molding throughout and replaced all of the trim on the interior doors and windows.

Consultants: Vision Stairways & Millwork did the staircase and railings; Tim Fisher of Complete Carpentry installed all of the cabinets, all interior joinery work and new window sashes; painting by Victor Contreras; floor installation handled by Signature Floor Covering Services LLC; Drywall work done by Chris Daly of 2nd Generation Drywall and Plumbing completed by Toy Holden.

Architectural style: Center hall colonial

Favorite architectural elements: New stairs and tongue and groove ceiling.

Interior design styles: Farmhouse with industrial elements

Favorite interior design elements: Clock in the corner of the living room, purchased at Woodstock Antiques & Consignments and made by Richard Dunbrack from reclaimed materials.

Resources: Furniture and decor from Woodstock Antiques & Consignments, The Home Depot, Blue Frog Imports, The Market,, Ikea and Pier1 Imports. Countertops by Top South. Cabinets from The Home Depot. Lighting from The Home Depot.


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