Project Address: 2054 Douglass Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40205
Project: 2nd story room addition: master suite, 2 full baths, powder room and kitchen
Redsmith Construction LLC
110 S. Crestmoor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
502-479-4075 / RedsmithConstruction.com
Originally built as a duplex in 1925 before being converted to a single-family home, this Highlands house hadn’t been updated for several years when the current owners purchased it. Spacious, but divided into many small rooms, it had potential to become a showpiece of design innovation.
Redsmith Construction added a two-story addition with a large, covered deck to the rear of the house. Addressing the problem of the original stairway being at the front door and not convenient, a new stairwell spans the basement and both floors, allowing direct access from parking at the basement level into the new kitchen and directly up to the bedroom areas.
In the first floor addition are a family room and kitchen. The latter opens onto a breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen. The kitchen makes a stylish statement of the craftmanship of Redsmith’s line of cabinetry that is part of the company’s new turnkey design service. White inset cabinets are juxtaposed with a turquoise island that has a sink and two dishwashers. The cabinets and island feature Negresco honed granite countertops and have amenities such as a built-in knife block, spice drawer, utensil dividers, roll-out shelves and USB outlets inside drawers.
A glass door display area offers textural contrast. A new gas fireplace, custom cabinetry and built-in dry bar confirm the family room’s casual panache.
The new addition’s master bath is a study in tasteful tranquility, with white beaded Shaker cabinets, off-white full overlay cabinets, a large shower with dual shower heads and a handmade glazed crackle porcelain turquoise tile accent wall. A heated white tile floor laid in a hexagon pattern is period-appropriate to the house. Heated towel bars are another nod to modern day indulgence and the double bowl vanity and separate water closet with built-ins speak to the practicality and convenience of design.
A pop of bright orange twin vanities and a hex star pattern, hand made in Morocco cement tile floor enliven the children’s shared bath on the second floor. The guest bath is characterized by a conch-shaped tile floor and charcoal blue cabinets.
A set of sliding doors in the family room and French doors in the breakfast room lead onto the Trex Transcends covered deck. Functionality and design prowess are iterated through a stained beadboard ceiling, aluminum handrail systems, two sets of stairs to the yard and special outdoor lighting.
The grill pattern on the new windows matches the windows that were original to the house. A red shingle roof mimics the color but avoids the cost of a clay tile roof. Installation of a new HVAC system on the first and second floors accompanied the addition of foam insulation in the crawl space and roof. The remodel included soundproofing the master bedroom and adding a recirculating pump on the hot water heater to produce almost instant hot water at fixtures that are a considerable distance from the water heater in the basement.
Architect: Emily Fisher Paprocki
Interior Design: Kristal Smith of Redsmith Construction
Cabinetry: Greenfield and Koch by Redsmith Construction
Electric: Chris Risen Electric
HVAC: Goldey’s Heating & Cooling
Lumber: PC Lumber & Building Materials
Windows: Sun Windows by Home Supply
Plumbing Fixtures: Masters Supply
Appliances: Bonnycastle Appliance & TV
Tile: Louisville Tile and Mees Tile
Painting: Nilest Painting
Plumbing: H20 Services
Framing and Deck: Jess Construction and Daleos Construction
Granite and Quartz Fabricator: Surfaces of Louisville
Mouldings and Doors: Wholesale Hardwood Interiors
Trim Work and Custom Built-Ins: A1 Trim
Light Fixtures: Alcott & Bentley