Laura Abrams has won the Batavia Property Improvement Award for the month of May.
Abrams moved into her house on Wood Street in 2007. Since then, she has made many changes to beautify and restore the house that was originally built in the late 1800s.
One of the most noticeable changes Abrams made is the addition of the front porch. She wanted the porch to look the way it did when the house was first built. The original porch had been torn away and replaced with a smaller one. After she remodeled it, Abrams said she was approached by many long time Batavia residents that were happy to see the porch back again.
The back section of the house is also a new addition, along with the garage behind the house. She replaced all the siding, windows, doors, and gutters and replaced the brick path along the side of the house with a cement sidewalk. Abrams also replaced the side porch, saying it had almost rotted away. She has also done some landscaping and work to the interior of the house.
Even after all the work she has done, Abrams said the house was still in good condition when she bought it, considering its age.
“The past owners kept up on it,” Abrams said. “You could tell the house was loved, both by its owners and the community. It’s really a great house.”