This relocating couple were moving from a historic home in Dallas and wanted to restore this 100 year old historic gem in the Redmond neighborhood of Birmingham. The house had been neglected for years and many poor renovations had taken it’s toll. Everything inside and outside the home needed to be restored while bringing the home up to date with modern amenities. The exterior work required the entire slate roof to be removed and reinstalled along with the remediation of improper stucco work. Most of the windows and doors in the home were repaired and restored and new copper gutters were installed to retain the historical feel.
The main design areas involved the kitchen, master suite and bath, and a bar area. These areas were completely gutted and redesigned to meet the needs of the new homeowners. Due to a previous renovation, the kitchen ceiling had been lowered to accommodate plumbing in the master bath. The plumbing was relocated so that the new kitchen ceiling could be restored to the original height of 10 feet.
Challenges & Obstacles
The home had many foundation problems that had to be addressed and many of the renovations over the years had been poorly executed. The home’s exterior walls were all terracotta block with furring strips for the plaster. Where possible, new walls were framed in to allow for plumbing, electrical and insulation to be installed properly.