A Historical Renovation that Covets the Past

A Historical Renovation that Covets the Past

New england front porch - In 1908 Lake Highland home

This 1908 Lake Highland home received damage from Hurricane Charley. The homeowners approached PSG to repair the damage and restore the kitchen, porch and bathroom to its original architectural integrity.

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Florida room with craftsman appeal

The damaged den was rebuilt using cut exterior cedar shingles to match the original cypress shingles. The sloping floor was retained, a bead board ceiling was added, and one wall was finished with cypress shingles.

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Exterior after.

Exterior after.

Exterior after.

Den after.

Damage to rear of home from Hurricane Charley.

Damage to rear of home from Hurricane Charley.

Den before.

Den before.

Den before.

Den before.

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Arched shower entrance.

Custom bathroom and shower design and build

The shower was finished in white subway tiles with an exposed plumbing shower fixture.

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The bath after: Period family photos grace the wall above subway tile. The medicine cabinets were made by the homeowner.

 

Interior renovation with new bath design and construction

The 1920’s toilet was rescued from a neighborhood remodel. Walls are finished with white subway tile; the floor is a hexagonal design with contrasting border. The window matches those of the original home and the medicine cabinet was made by the homeowner.

Bath before.

Bath before.

Custom Kitchen cabinetry

Custom fronts for the refrigerator match the cabinetry.

Custom trim and cabinetry woodwork for kitchen

Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer dishwasher has custom fronts to match the cabinetry. The diamond shaped details at the dishwasher corners mirror the diamond vents in the eaves of the home.

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Pull-out cutting boards were common in turn-of-the-century homes.

Large kitchen sink for this new custom home

Kohler Gilford sink with double jointed faucet by Chicago Faucet.

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Cabinetry was made on-site; Heartland Legacy stove and hood; soapstone countertop and backsplash.

The circa 1908 home was the first built on the block on 23 acres.

The circa 1908 home was the first built on the block on 23 acres.

An article about the home, now owned by T.K. Miller appeared in the 1913 issue of the Orange County Citizen. A portion of the article read: “Beautiful grounds of T.K. Miller's Lake Highland property. This is easily one of the slighliest [sic] sunniest, airest [sic] places about Orlando. It comprises 23 acres of beautiful sloping grounds to Lake Highland and is so situated that it can never be encroached upon. It overlooks several lakes and the sunset views are gorgeous. It is an ideal place for one who loves nature in her best moods, being located about a mile from the court house and a real preserve of the natural long leafed pine.”

An article about the home, now owned by T.K. Miller appeared in the 1913 issue of the Orange County Citizen. A portion of the article read: “Beautiful grounds of T.K. Miller’s Lake Highland property. This is easily one of the slighliest [sic] sunniest, airest [sic] places about Orlando. It comprises 23 acres of beautiful sloping grounds to Lake Highland and is so situated that it can never be encroached upon. It overlooks several lakes and the sunset views are gorgeous. It is an ideal place for one who loves nature in her best moods, being located about a mile from the court house and a real preserve of the natural long leafed pine.”

View from the front of the house.

View from the front of the house.

The Story

Parade of Homes
First Place, Historic Renovation Remodel

When your client writes both a mission statement and vision for the desired remodel on their 1908 home, you need to be an expert in historical renovations. PSG Construction didn’t let Lonnie Cook down when they tackled his remodeling goal “to preserve and restore the character and details of the original house and to seamlessly blend the new and the old.” His vision for the project could have been even more daunting for a remodeler inexperienced in historical renovations (see inset).

No newcomer to historical renovations, PSG owner Paul Gidus knew you needed to use talented artisans to match or replicate original details in order to preserve the architectural integrity of a home. PSG Construction had already completed two renovation projects to the home across the street, and a bungalow in Lake Eola Heights. PSG was also selected by The NAHB to renovation the first ever Renewed American Home, a 1908 bungalow across from Lake Eola.

A retired attorney, Lonnie approached PSG when Hurricane Charley caused extensive damage to the back half of the downstairs of his Lake Highland bungalow. Lonnie asked PSG to focus on restoring the kitchen and a bathroom, as well as a den that were destroyed. Newspaper articles Lonnie has in his possession show that his home was the first house built on the block as the winter residence of an Ohio lawyer. It originally consisted of 23 acres. The 1 ½ story bungalow has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, heart pine floors and the original cypress shingles.

Lonnie and his wife Jo Ann had high expectations for their project. Having lived in the home for 20 years prior to the renovation, Lonnie and Jo Ann had traveled and researched historic communities and architecture in order to return their home back to its turn of the century beauty and charm. Lonnie and Jo Ann had compiled a “Master Examples Book” of architectural details unique to the house, which was included in the contract they entered with PSG. The book was kept on-site for reference.

Receiving the most damage was the den, which was built as an exterior porch (also used as a sleeping porch), then expanded and remodeled by previous owners. Due to the extensive damage, the den had to be rebuilt. PSG cut exterior cedar shingles to match the original cypress shingles. Taking the den back to its original use, PSG retained the sloping floor, added a bead board ceiling and finished off the wall with shingles. Windows were replaced to match the original 1908 windows with custom exterior casing, drip cap and sill; custom window muntins, and custom milled window aprons and stools. Windows were also added on each side of the fireplace. 7 ½ high baseboard and custom milled baseboard caps were added to match the original house.

The adjacent bathroom was completely torn out and rebuilt as well. A 1926-era toilet was rescued and used from a neighborhood remodel. Walls were finished with subway tile; hexagonal tile was used on the floor; an arched shower entrance was designed with exposed shower plumbing; and polished nickel hardware, lighting and plumbing fixtures were installed. The medicine cabinets were built by Lonnie.

The kitchen received the greatest transformation, in which PSG Construction enlisted the expertise of Sandra Linn of Sandra Linn Designs. Cabinets with flat panel inset doors and drawers were built on-site. Custom fronts were also made for the refrigerator and dishwasher to match the cabinets. River- recovered heart pine was used for the floor, with the logs possibly being cut about the same time as those for the original floor in the home. The kitchen renovation also includes soapstone counter tops and backsplash, 7 ½ high baseboard and custom milled baseboard caps to match the original house, and a window that matches those in the original house. Giving attention to details, PSG added diamond shaped accents at the dishwasher and corner cabinet to mirror the diamond vents in the eaves; a convection/microwave is hidden behind retracing doors, with non-operative hinges added to preserve the look of the inset doors. Pull-out cutting boards common in turn-of-the-century homes were added. The kitchen table top was constructed by Lonnie using rafters salvaged during the renovation. Small details were not overlooked. A Heartland Legacy stove and hood were installed. Polished nickel, popular between the 1880’s and 1920’s, was the selected finish for the hardware, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.

The finished project was recognized by receiving the First Place award in the category of Historic Renovation Remodel in the 2009 Parade of Homes.
The renovation met the high expectations of Lonnie and Jo Ann for their coveted home. “Thank you to the PSG craftsmen who brought our 1908 ‘back to the past’ after Hurricane Charley’, says Lonnie. “We appreciate the extra efforts that they expended to seamlessly integrate the newly remodeled areas with the original house.”

“This type of historical renovation is a passion of mine, just as it’s a passion for Lonnie,” Paul says. “I’m honored that Lonnie entrusted PSG to make his dream a reality—and to consider us as friends."

Owner’s Vision Statement
Our vision of a successful repair and remodel includes the following:
1. Integrate seamlessly with original house
2. Complement our lifestyle
3. Avoid trendy design elements
4. Preserve and enhance marketability
5. Maintain open dialogue between architect, designer, and contractor
6. Complete work within an agreed-upon period of time
7. Complete work within an agreed-upon budget
8. After the work is completed the homeowners and the design and construction principals consider the work to be successful and their relationship to be friendly.

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