An interesting and fun project from 2015. A previous owner had divided this 1915 home into rental apartments. The two story, 2,397 sq ft interior was pretty much a warren of cobbled together rooms. From the outside, it was pretty obvious no preservation work, much less general maintenance had been done. The wrap around front porch in particular was so decayed and rotten it was a safety hazard. Windows had been boarded over with plywood, tarps on the roof were keeping out the weather and there was evidence that the foundation was not stable. There where also just a lot of general cosmetic problems, most likely caused by prior tenants. One unit in particular MUST have been rented by a Prince fan because all the walls where painted a deep shade of purple.
Despite all the obvious, the structural envelope was in fairly decent shape. Not that it didn’t take a lot to bring it back. Almost the entire interior was gutted down to the structural framing, the house jacked up, leveled and the foundation stabilized. Add to that, a new metal roof, new windows, new doors, new siding and new porch decking on the outside. On the inside, it got a new HVAC system, new electrical wiring, new plumbing, totally new kitchen and bath cabinets with new appliances and plumbing fixtures. Also installed was new laminate flooring on the first floor, carpeting on the second, … the list goes on and on.
Unfortunately because of budget constraints, the building was not able to be fully restored back to it’s original appearance. Thankfully though, it wasn’t just knocked down and a new infill spec home put up. This over 100 year old beauty is still standing, kitted out and ready to continue into the 21st century with a whole new lease on life.