Pure Joy Home
Lifestyle influencer Liz Joy turns a fixer-upper into a chic oasis for her family of five.
When it comes to filling their life with all that they love, for Liz and Brian Joy the sky’s the limit—literally. The first thing the couple did to a fixer-upper in a Connecticut shoreline town was raise the roof. So began a nine-month remodel and replacement project that transformed a nondescript Cape into a sparkling multi-story house tailor-made for the couple and their three children, ages eight, six, and one. On a raised foundation, the house already met floodplain elevation requirements, which was part of its appeal. In addition, Liz cites other, more emotional factors that clinched the deal. “What really made our decision easy was the neighborhood,” she says. “We can walk to school, the beach; there are lots of families with young kids. It’s like stepping back in time.”
Although Liz loves the look of natural stone, in deference to her young children, she went with non-porous Valley Enigma quartz for the kitchen countertops. “It’s pretty much bulletproof,” she says, yet gives her the organic look she was after.