1207 E. Broadway is one of five homes being renovated and sold as affordable houses. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
All five homes were constructed sometime in the 1890s and are being preserved. Meanwhile, a 260-unit, multimillion-dollar apartment building is under construction in the same block. “We are seeing an entire neighborhood recreated,” said Christy Lee Brown, a local philanthropist who has helped promote historic renovation in Louisville by funding half of a historic preservation revolving loan fund.
Source: A peek inside: Renovation work beginning soon on five 19th-century homes – Insider Louisville
The Bonfiglio house on Newton Avenue is an 1893 Victorian, Wednesday, Dec. 9. Sean M. Fitzgerald/Staff Photographer
The most satisfying discovery was the stained glass window on the second floor. The former owners covered it with plaster and a cabinet.
“That was fun to uncover and have the light come through for the first time in 70 years,” Shaw said.
The house is a “diamond in the rough,” he said.
“Buying something and being able to bring it back to its potential maybe will inspire other people to move into the area and takes those houses that have good bones, but need TLC,” Shaw explained.
Shaw and Bonfiglio rely on architectural salvage yards in Philadelphia and Woodbury Antiques — a Broad Street antiques mall — for pieces. Shaw pulled rounded top shutters for his exterior third-floor windows from the salvage yards. Bonfiglio found the shutters from The Dakota at the antique shop.
Owner Brian Bonfiglio talks about renovation work he’s done inside his 1893 Victorian house. (Photo: Sean M. Fitzgerald/Staff Photo)
via Want to live in a Victorian mansion?.
* Speak to contractors about recycling. Contractors working on a home typically know which materials can be recycled in a given area. When discussing prospective projects with contractors, homeowners can mention their willingness to recycle materials. Wood is a versatile material that can be turned into reclaimed or composite wood products, including decks or other items used around the home. Old wood being removed from a home may even work as mulch, which homeowners can spread around their yards to add aesthetic appeal and protect plants on hot summer days. Even asphalt and concrete can be recycled into new products, and homeowners should discuss their wishes to recycle as many materials as possible.
via Salvage, recycling can cut home improvement waste – Sentinel & Enterprise.
Remodelista always has the eye candy. Go an see the rest of the article, if only for the pictures!
The barn-like skeleton of the farmhouse was carefully preserved—the design team say that its charms are what made the structure worth reinventing.
via Follow the Sun: Villa Solaire in France: Remodelista.
Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space. But there was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings and expansive arches had to remain intact.
via A 15th Century Cathedral Transformed into a Modern Bookstore | Colossal.
Hectorinwa of BMRReddit posted about his newly converted bonus room. The flooring is white oak, top nailed. The flooring came from a home dated between 1920’s-30’s, a doctors house in Snohomish, Washington. He said he paid $1.50 a foot for it on craigslist.
We think he did a bang-up job!
Bonus Room floor – Imgur.
An urban expansion is planned for the area, and part of the reason for the renovation was to strengthen the environment and quality in which the barn sits. The firm Arend Groenewegen Architect was called in to make the changes.
via Flemish Barn Renovation Brings New Life to Historic Village | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.
Apartment Therapy does an amazing job covering this great project featured on The Telegraph
But young architect Laura Clark really takes the cake. She’s managed to create a beautiful home — out of a public restroom.
via Before & After: From Public Restroom to Home Sweet Home The Telegraph | Apartment Therapy.
Valencia design studio +Quespacio featured on 2Modern. Go see the many beautiful photos!
a Spanish school housed in a Neoclassical building, was given a thoroughly modern remake
via An Old School, Remade in Valencia | 2Modern Blog.
The onetime crack house was in a desperate state of disrepair, but Carolyn was intent on salvaging as much as possible including the floors. She was happy to discover that the original wood flooring was fir (vertical grain Douglas fir to be precise), a superior and more durable wood to pine that was typically used in houses of the period. To create a uniform but variegated look, she used an iron sulfate wash on the wood with the help of Alan Booth of Napa Floor Company.
via Floors on Acid, Renovator’s Edition: Remodelista.
Originally built in 1760, the Netherlands structure was brimming with character and interesting architectural details. The tack room became the entrance hall, the couch house the kitchen, and the stable with its original hay racks and troughs the living room.
via Historic Horse Stable and Coach House Converted to Home | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.
This neglected church, once part of the Sant Francesc Convent, was renovated by Catalan architect David Closes. Located in the town of Santpedor, Spain, it was the last building standing from the convent and was badly in need of repair. The project turned the former church into an auditorium and multifunctional space for cultural events.
via Old-Meets-New in Modern Renovation of An Old Church – Design Milk.