Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Renovation, Design, Installation, & Property Management
contact: (513) 417-7405 or, jatho.stephen@live.com

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Revival of a Victorian Staircase

This staircase was covered in wall-2-wall carpet from top to bottom. I removed the carpet and tackstrips which revealed oak treads and off-white risers.

After filling and sanding, the treads were stained and risers painted a warm white. The spindles and trim boards, both previously painted, were re-painted to match the riser color. Thank goodness, the handrails and newel posts were never painted. To complete, the handrails and treads were lightly waxed and buffed.

New Hallway Closet Matches Existing Woodwork

Making something appear as if it was original to the house uses my design and renovation skills. The challenge was to find doors and create trim for a combination linen and long wardrobe closet that looks like it was always there.

Here is the closet awaiting doors, trim, and paint to match the hallway.

Doors and trim installed and matching the existing doors in the hallway.

Removing an Eyesore and Creating Interest

Upon completion, this small tile project appears as if it was an original design element. The eyesore was a sheet of plywood above a kitchen window hiding a former exhaust fan vent. The interest is an optical trick in Indian slate "harlequins". Rust and copper colors were used to blend with the existing brick. A copper drip-edge tops off the installation.

House Numbers Re-visited

The existing house numbers were not visible from the street. The wooden plaque was dark with age. The font-style of the numbers were not of the home's architectural period or style.

I found an Arts & Crafts font-style that was more sympathetic to the Craftsmen Tudor architecture of the 30's - 40's. They have a hand-cut, wrought-iron finish and are mounted on a beige marble slab that floats off the limestone entry wall.

References available upon request.

This "On-Line" page updated: Sept.30.2010

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