How a Long-Abandoned Country Home Got a ‘Cheap and Cheerful’ Renovation

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The house, built in 1851, Chris Kraig says, “looks to me as if it may have been enlarged and expanded in a vernacular Greek-revival style in the 1840s.”Photo: Steve Gross and Susan Daley

Designer Chris Kraig gave a classic Greek revival in upstate New York a respectful makeover. “It had such good energy,” Kraig says of his Otego, New York, getaway, “even though it was a wreck.” The forlorn beauty had been abandoned for 20 years before he came to the rescue.