Another chapter is beginning for a historic house in Hyrum as a new family moves in and prepares to call the place home.
“It just dazzles you,” Sarah Roberts said of the old Soren Hanson home she and her husband, Jack, recently purchased. “This house takes your breath away and it romances you into this life. You step into another world when you step into this home, and who doesn’t want that?”
The Hanson home the Roberts bought was most recently owned by the Kindred family. Local historian Ted Kindred and his wife, Patricia, lived in the home for nearly 60 years.
When Ted passed away in 2017, his wife Patricia was already gone. Their children decided it was time to sell the home the two had worked to restore and place on the National Register of Historic Places.
As much as the Roberts love their new home, it was not what they were expecting to buy when they began house-hunting last year.
At the time, the couple and their six children were living with Sarah’s parents in Hyde Park, so Jack said they weren’t in a rush to find a home.
“We could buy a house whenever we wanted,” Jack said. “We wanted to get the right one.”
When the Hanson home went on the market, both Jack and Sarah were interested in it, but purchasing it seemed unrealistic.
However, when the price on the home dropped, they decided to take a tour.
Jack and Sarah said he was more quickly convinced that this house could be their new home than she was.
“You just want to make sure that you aren’t biting off more than you can chew,” Sarah said. “I really wanted a farm kind of life for our children and I want to homeschool our kids. So I had a vision of what I felt like that was going to look like.”
By the third time through the house, Sarah said she realized her vision could fit in this home.
“This house all of a sudden became this home of study and learning and growth and slowing down and coming back to old school and teaching our children to be more studious. It asks for that,” Sarah said.
Sarah and Jack aren’t the only members of the Roberts family excited for the history of their new home.
When asked what he was looking forward to, 11-year-old Everett said “being a part of history and seeing what it was like.”
Nine-year-old Jane said she had been very surprised when she saw pictures of her family’s new home.
“I looked at the pictures and was like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is so cool. I want to live in this house right now,’” Jane said.
Jack said he is especially excited for his kids to grow up in this home because of the “wonder” he feels it has.
The Roberts said it is important to them to both preserve the home and make it their own. For example, the design of the current kitchen is not as accommodating to their large family as they would like.
“It’s just going to be eclectic,” Sarah said. “It’s going to be our home. It’s going to have history, but it’s also going to have parts of us and it’s going to have all of those elements.”
Since the home is on the historic register, there are some restrictions to what the family can do when it comes to the outside of building. Inside, the restrictions mostly mean they can’t remove walls, Sarah said.
However, she also said they intend to leave much of the inside as it is.
“We aren’t going to come in and rip history apart so it can be our own thing,” Sarah said. “There is a balance of new age and respect.”