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Historical Home Renovation in Granville, Ohio: Before and After


historical home renovation granville ohio before and after

Reviving a Historic Granville Gem 

We had our work cut out for us with this historic 1800s house renovation and remodel in Granville, Ohio. It was important to these clients that we pay homage to the historical roots of the house, while utilizing modern amenities. We restored or replicated many of the existing features and spent hours antiquing in order to maintain the 19th century character.

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Granville Historical Home Renovation: What We Did

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Entryway Staircase Restoration  

We fully restored the original staircase, including ornate wood detail.

before staircase restoration
Before: staircase with old carpet
after staircase renovation sanded and stained
After: sanded and stained staircase with new paint


Keeping the original windows was high on the priority list. We lucked out because most were in excellent condition or only needed minor repairs. One window did need to be fully replaced, but we were able to fabricate a replacement from two old sashes that were found in the barn on the property.

old window restoration before
First floor suite before
after window restoration and replacement
First floor suite after remodel and window repairs

Bedroom to Bathroom Remodel

We converted the first-floor second bedroom to a bathroom. 

bedroom to bathroom remodel
Before: second bedroom
ADA compliant bathroom remodel
After: first floor suite bathroom

The bench seat in the shower was crafted with a salvaged antique tombstone during this bathroom remodel.

bathroom antique fireplace mantel
After: first floor suite bathroom

The fireplace mantle was also a salvaged antique find. 

Dining Room Renovation 

A major component of the home’s charm was the original flooring throughout. The homeowners loved this detail and wanted to keep all the waves, squeaks and creaks. On a typical project toothing in new hardwood floors would not be an issue, but this home featured square-butted wormy chestnut.

before dining room renovation and remodel
Before: dining room

Wormy chestnut, also known as American chestnut, had been used so heavily in the 18th and 19th centuries that it is nearly impossible to find nowadays. We were fortunately able to procure enough reclaimed chestnut from multiple sources to repair the areas of the home that needed it.

dining room remodel with double doors
After: dining room with wood flooring restoration
dining room remodel with walk-in pantry
After: dining room opens to walk-in pantry

Powder Room Remodel

before bathroom renovation in historical home
Before: full bathroom with small tub

We acquired this antique dresser to repurpose as a vanity for this jaw dropping space. Our carpenters completely rebuilt the interior to make room for plumbing while maintaining usable storage.

full bath to powder room renovation
After: luxurious powder room

Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation

The kitchen remodel is easily the most striking element of this project. When our clients purchased the house, the kitchen was a small 1970s throw back, with linoleum flooring and Formica countertops — a far cry from the historical elegance they were aiming for.

historical home kitchen remodel before
Before kitchen remodel
kitchen island remodel in historical home
After kitchen remodel
luxury kitchen remodel after
After kitchen remodel
matte black kitchen cabinets with brass hardware
After kitchen remodel
matte black kitchen faucet with brass sink
After kitchen remodel

The back stairway of the house, located in breakfast room, was both nonfunctional and intrusive. Eliminating this staircase, and the wall separating the breakfast room and kitchen, allowed us to enlarge the kitchen and install French doors along the entire back of the house. The aesthetic direction of the kitchen was driven by the homeowners’ selected appliances from Florence, Italy. The dramatic, vintage matte black and brass finish lent itself perfectly to the antique feel of the home. Gray cabinetry was chosen to compliment the appliances without overwhelming the space.

living room with black french doors
After kitchen remodel

Luxury Bathroom Remodel 

The design aesthetic for the upstairs bathroom remodel was high glamour. Mirrored vanities with a mix of polished brass and crystal drawer pulls, marble countertops and tile as well as gold leaf mirrors helped to convey the level of luxury these clients were looking for. 

en suite bathroom before renovation
Before: upstairs full bath
owner's suite luxury bathroom remodel
After: luxurious owner’s suite bathroom
polished brass bathtub faucet
After: polished brass details

During the demolition of the space, we discovered a quirky leaning chimney behind one of the walls of the closet. After a little bit of research, we discovered the folklore behind the construction — in the 1600s, they used to build chimneys with a lean or bend in them so witches couldn’t use them to enter your home at night, thus the name “Witches Crook.”

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A quirky witches crook

A Labor of Love for All

This project was a true labor of love for both us and our clients. We are so pleased with how it turned out and they are in love with their new, old home!

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