2016 Tour of Remodeled Homes – House 1


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House 1 – 2233 Bonnycastle Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205

Steve Sebastian
Sebastian Construction Inc.

Whole House Remodel

Next year will mark the 100th birthday of this three-story home. The renovation maintained its historical integrity and maximized space without changing the footprint of the house. Paintings by the homeowner instill the home with artistic singularity.

New Eagle windows were installed throughout the house. Remodeler Steve Sebastian designed and fabricated special mahogany storm windows.

Conducted in stages, the remodeling project began in the kitchen where the butler’s pantry was removed and the door to the deck was relocated. The kitchen’s design is highlighted by off-white cabinets and one blue accent cabinet, a Danby marble countertop and an island with a butcher block top and microwave drawer. A piece of marble was sculpted to accommodate the European sizing of the six-burner/four oven AGA range. Blue, gray and cream in the room’s wallpaper blend with the custom paint color in the living room and dining room.

On the second floor, a closet was moved to a bedroom wall that has the architectural interest of three offsets. A pocket door replaced a swing door into the master bathroom that is notable for innovative and beautiful design components that include recessed black walnut cabinetry, a European-style floating sink, a space-saving toilet tank set into the wall and varied-size Honey onyx tiles: 2 by 8-inches on the wall and 8 x 20 inches on the floor and in the shower. The tiles on the heated floor are honed to provide contrast. A tub filler in the ceiling allows water to stream into the tub without splashing.

A hall laundry room, with a stackable washer and condensation dryer, was added. A tiled floor and wall masks the plumbing.

In a guest bathroom, a closet was added and a window rebuilt. The marble floor in the guest bathroom has diamond accents that pick up the color of the blue/green glass tile on one wall. On the other walls are white subway tiles with a thin accent border. A glass panel at the end of the bathtub is uniquely designed to fit a shower curtain rod. Storage is provided by a two-piece custom cherry cabinet.

Also part of the renovation were the installation of spray foam in the attic and two HVAC systems that can be controlled by cell phone. Bump-outs on the third floor conceal ductwork and make better use of space. Included in the remodeling were the addition of cabinetry and crown molding in the living room, a book case and a specially-crafted desk in the office, and new cherry cabinetry and a vessel sink in the powder room.

Kitchen design: Ken Fromme
Bathroom design: Steve Sebastian
Furniture and cabinetry: Woode Hannah
Tile: Ray Troxell
Appliances and bathroom fixtures: Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery
Paint: Hikes Point Paint & Wallpaper
Windows: Atteberry-Smith (Eagle Windows)
Cabinets: Atteberry-Smith, Steve Sebastian
Electric: Bohn Electric
Plumbing: Blackburn & Davis Plumbing