Renovating the kitchen was one of the first steps. Cabinets made by Ohio-based David T. Smith, who specializes in furniture from the 18th and 19th-centuries, hides many of the modern appliances. The oven, for example, is located inside an armoire. 'Because our house was not a 200-year-old house, we've remade it in detail to appear as such internally,' said Mr. Wright. 'It has the functioning of a new home, with the look of an old home.'