2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes – House 01

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Project Address: 842 Franklin Street, Louisville, KY 40206

Project: Addition/Renovation


Christopher Eldridge
Eldridge Company
1437 Story Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
502-625-5565 / EldridgeCompany.com
Associate Builder/Remodeler


Last year, Eldridge Company walked away with the Tour of Remodeled Homes’ Best Whole House Remodel award. This year, they are featuring a modern addition to a Federal-style home in Butchertown. Before undertaking the project, they had to present to Louisville Metro and the home’s neighboring community the reasons for the remodel as well as its proposed design.

The owners wanted to bring in modern elements and increase the functionality of the house while embracing its historical distinctiveness. A two-story addition off the rear of the house utilized materials such as metal roofing and siding, exposed cedar accents and a decorative steel railing to achieve a modern theme that complimented the existing structure. The addition consists of a new entry that has a mudroom with a bench and storage, great room and a powder room.

Through the mudroom is the open, airy great room that is overlooked by the kitchen. In the kitchen is an engaging blend of New and Old World that’s exhibited by contemporary ebony-stained oak cabinets and a white painted island that co-exist gracefully with the original exposed brick wall. Two new windows were cut into the wall on either side of the range, with a feature backsplash in between the windows that pairs well with the solid surface countertops. A polished concrete floor imbues the great room and kitchen with a modern vibe. State-of-the-art technology flourishes with the kitchen’s built-in refrigerator, beverage center and gas range with a stainless steel hood.

Decorative tile accents the floor that leads from the front door into the main stairwell and powder room. A natural white oak floor was installed throughout the upstairs.

Also upstairs is a luxurious, vaulted ceiling master suite with a modern Juliette balcony off the bedroom and a private bath that houses a grand shower and free-standing soaking tub. Amish weather-stained oak cabinetry with a solid surface countertop has a vanity with a drop-down make-up area. Old World light fixtures play off the contemporary tub, just one of the many examples of the historical and modern balance that exists across every space in the home.

Located off the master suite are custom double doors that open onto a home office.

An air seal package, an advanced HVAC system and a tankless hot water heater combine with Low-E, triple and double pane, argon-filled custom aluminum clad windows and doors to achieve a high level of energy efficiency.


Interior Design: Holli Pauly Design
Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Cabinetry: Century Entertainment & Furnishings
Appliances: Century Entertainment & Furnishings
Solid Surface Countertops: Trademark Universal Stone