Homeowners seek new adventure when taking on a historical home.
Built in 1869, this historic home sits just across from where camped Union soldiers were forced to retreat during the Civil War. The current homeowners had always wanted to remodel a historic home. When they found the property, they weren’t looking to buy a home. In fact, they had already built and lived in a house all the way across town for 22 years. But when their daughter spotted a beautiful four bedroom, four and a half bathroom historic home for sale, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity for new adventure. After a year and a half of renovations, the keys to their new historic home were theirs.
Entering the home today, the first thing you notice is its main stairway. One of the first areas to be remodeled, the homeowners knew they wanted to keep the layout, but replaced its maroon carpeting and green wallpaper to match the rest of the home.
Guest Sitting Room
The homeowners also kept the original guest sitting room that sits just right of the front entranceway. As one of the biggest rooms in the house, it’s been the perfect space for hosting a group of friends or family during the holidays. However, there was much more work that had to be done than the homeowners had originally intended. After moving in, all new floor beams had to be installed while the wall trimming and the fire place were also updated.
Formal Dining Room
This formal dining room is part of the original house. Only renovating the fireplace, the windows, and installing the cabinetry, no other structural changes were made to this room, and its thick walls still make it a perfect spot for entertaining.
This home certainly has plenty of history, but there’s one space the homeowners knew they had to fully renovate when moving in — the kitchen. With it completely gutted and built from the ground up, the homeowners designed the kitchen with black granite countertops by Carved in Stone, stainless steel appliances from Coleman Appliance, black marble tile from Mid-City Lumber, and white glass door cabinets that were delicately painted by a dear friend. The new kitchen also needed a little extra space, so the owners transformed the home’s formal laundry room into a pantry and utilized extra space under their stairwell to install a utility closet.
Family Dining Room
The family dining room and kitchen area was an addition built by previous owners. However, this room still features all of the original hardwood flooring as well as a brick wall, which happens to be the original exterior wall of the home.
This guest half-bath was also already built when the homeowners moved in, but by putting in new cabinetry, the space now has double the storage.
Stepping outside to the pool area, guests and friends can rest easy under an umbrella or stay warm by the built-in fire pit. Ten years ago, the back of the home only had a circle drive running through it. To make the yard more useful, the homeowners had Vaughan Pools design and build the pool and Beau Voss build the patio. But even with a complete redesign of the yard, the homeowners still made sure to incorporate the home’s original well as a main feature next to the pool.
A pair of black built-in cabinets built by Toby’s Cabinet Shop now frame the door to what was originally a sunroom. This room also provided a third entranceway until it was sealed up and made it into a simple his and hers home office. Adding their own little touches to this room, the shelving is decorated with personal relics that remind them of family.