Four years ago, Melissa and her husband, John Michael Murphy, bought this 90-year-old, three-bedroom duplex (they rent out the other half) in the heart of Charlottetown. With lots of help from family and friends, every wall was torn out, allowing them to open up the main floor’s three small rooms into a single large, airy space. Even the ceiling was ripped down, exposing beams that were probably taken from old ships, still with large bits of marine hardware left intact.
A wall between the front entryway and living room was removed, along with the ceiling. To maintain some division, homeowner Melissa VanToever’s brother built a tall storage unit, which holds a TV on one side and hooks and cubbies on the other.