2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes – House 03

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Project Address: 1297 Willow Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

Project: Carriage House Renovation, Created 2nd Floor Living Space


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


Realizing their dilapidated carriage house needed to be torn down or rebuilt from the ground up, the owners decided to retain as much of the original structure as possible to obtain tax credits awarded for historic renovations. The remodel consisted of major renovations to the foundation, walls and roof along with other design and décor changes that maintained the rustic feel of the hundred-year-old carriage house.

The project required that deconstruction and reconstruction be accomplished simultaneously. Some historical materials were reused but had to be rebuilt to modern code.

Vincent Abell Contracting preserved many of the original beams, constructed a wall to separate the living space from the garage and made the second floor a fully functional living area with a bedroom, bath and full kitchen.

An open kitchen is highlighted by a large island that includes a sink, dishwasher and eating area. A wall of dark green Shaker-style cabinets houses a range, refrigerator and open shelving.

The new bathroom is equipped with a soaking tub/shower, toilet and pedestal sink with gold tone fixtures. Tile in the shower niche corresponds to the tile on the floor.

The tongue-and-groove floor on the second floor was repaired with salvaged wood before it was refinished.

The face of the cross gable was extended to align with the face of the one-story addition. The entire roof was insulated on top of the existing deck rather than below to allow the character-defining structure to remain exposed on the interior. New siding conceals the end of the insulation boards. A two-part cornice was installed around the perimeter of the roof. New molding extended the roof over the half-round gutters and new asphalt shingles were added. The shed roof was finished with asphalt shingles.

The remodel also includes a new HVAC system, plumbing brought from the main house, double-hung clad windows and steel garage doors.


Cabinets: P. T. Bourkes Woodwork
Electric: Risen Electric
Plumbing: Joel Warren Plumbing
Interior design: Cents of Style
HVAC: Best Choice Heating & Air