By Kristin Bednarski
Martha Jane Zeigler was awarded the Property Improvement Award from the Village Association of Batavia last month.
The award is given as recognition for exterior improvements to a property within the village of Batavia that keeps with the general style of the original structure.
Zeigler, who lives at 298 Wood Street, has made multiple improvements to her home over the years including the most recent improvement, which was an addition of two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Zeigler said she kept with the original style of the home when creating the addition. She said she was even able to use matching wall paper and similar hardwood floors, so the addition would match the rest of the house.
“I wanted the rooms and the floor to match,” Zeigler said.
She said she also kept tall ceilings, the crown molding and colonial shutters through the addition to match with the rest of the house.
After the addition was complete earlier this year, Zeigler also had the exterior of the home painted.
The home, which Zeigler believes has been around since the late 1800s or early 1900s, has undergone several renovations and expansions since she and her husband, Monroe, moved in, in 1971.
“It is a house of add-ons,” Zeigler said.
Zeigler said her husband used to complete the majority of the work to improve the home until he passed away, including installing detailed hardwood floors throughout the house.
She said his workmanship gave her high expectations because she was used to the best.
Zeigler said she decided to add on to the house last year after her son, Nathan, and his children, Arden, Pierce and Rowan, moved in.
She said having the two extra bedrooms and an extra bathroom is nice and she is pleased with how the addition turned out.
“Overall it looks great,” Zeigler said about the addition.
For more information about the Village Association of Batavia’s Property Improvement Award or to nominate someone to receive the award visit www.vaob.org.