2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes – House 02


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Project Address: 1260 Bassett Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

Project: Complete House Re-construction (historical)

Vincent Abell
Vincent Abell Contracting, Inc.
1850 Taylor Avenue, Suite 4, Louisville, Ky 40213
502-641-7756 / VincentAbellContracting.com
Registered Remodeler

This three-story story Cherokee Triangle home, which dates to the early twentieth century, was almost destroyed in a 2016 fire. Vincent Abell Contracting rebuilt the home, paying homage to its historical character while improving the layout. Changing the roof pitch accommodated a new third floor bedroom and bath.

Interior designer Kristin Townsend of Cents of Style selected décor components for the renovated spaces to closely reflect the Craftsman Bungalow style of the home.

Installed in the L-shaped kitchen were new Absolute granite-topped white base and wall cabinets and a large blue-painted island. A glass mosaic backsplash mimics the shape of the windows. Gleaming appliances, including an overhead exhaust vent above the island range, transformed the kitchen into a modern culinary center. Lighting is provided by recessed lighting in the ceiling and task fixtures mounted under the cabinets. PVC and PEX piping replaced the existing galvanized pipe for the undermount kitchen sink and dishwasher. The chimney was reclad with gypsum board and flat screen televisions were mounted on each side, one facing the kitchen and one facing the family room. An opening to the kitchen and a pantry door were finished with casing to match existing wood. Salvaged wood was used where possible, including the floor.

Opening a wall between the dining room and kitchen, similar to the one between the living room and dining room, preserves the form of the dining room while connecting the spaces from the front to back of the house to facilitate more active use. A new built-in cabinet in the dining room provides storage for dishes and linens and also conceals a home work space. A large stained glass light fixture was moved toward the bay window to allow the dining room table to move into an alcove.

The first floor bathroom was transformed by removing tile, cabinets and fixtures that were replaced with a corner cabinet, pedestal sink, tile floor, bead board wainscoting, tub and toilet. The result is a fresh, slightly contemporary personality for the room.

On the second floor are the master suite, three other bedrooms, a hall bathroom, laundry room and office. Townsend used a floral tile accent as a hint of playfulness for the white subway tile in the master bathroom that has white Shaker cabinetry, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, high-end custom vanity accented by sconces, and closets with custom shelving and show cubbies.

The exterior of the home has true wood windows that refer to the original windows of the house but are aluminum clad for longevity and maintenance. New gutters were added and cedar shake siding gables were painted to complement the traditional lap siding and new mahogany front door.

Cabinets: P. T. Bourkes Woodwork
Electric: Laswell Electric
Flooring: Martin Flooring
Trim: K-I Lumber & Building Materials
Lighting: Brecher’s Lighting
Tile: Louisville Tile
Plumbing: Joel Warren Plumbing
Interior Design: Cents of Style
HVAC: Best Choice HVAC
Windows and Doors: The Door Store & Windows