2016 Tour of Remodeled Homes – House 2


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House 2 – 2507 Saratoga Drive, Louisville, KY 40205

Karen McKechnie
Stonehenge Construction LLC & Sons

Whole House Remodel and Addition to Front of House

True Mid-Century Modern houses are rare in Louisville. This tri-level Upper Highlands home, designed by Norman Sweet, is an exquisite example of the style. The homeowners purchased the home with the intention of remodeling and called upon Stonehenge Construction to enlarge the kitchen and update other facets of the design while maintaining its unique character.

“So often when remodeling a modern home, the integrity of the house is compromised. Ensuring that didn’t occur was paramount to our design,” says Karen McKechnie of Stonehenge Construction.

Challenges of the lot led to the kitchen being designed differently than first imagined before Stonehenge took on the project. The new placement of the kitchen takes full advantage of the gorgeous outdoor setting and is flawlessly integrated into the original architecture of the home. The absence of an attic or basement presented another opportunity for ingenuity of design: running electrical along a soffit that was made to resemble a beam.

Major interior changes involved removing a wall of redwood siding that had obscured the living room and replacing a post between the kitchen and dining room with a structural beam. The original parquet elm floors were preserved as were the exposed beams in the living room.

A sleek new kitchen brims with singularity of style and features a vaulted ceiling, maple cabinets with waterfall-edged white Corian countertops, penny tile in colors that are in keeping with Mid-Century Modern design and state-of-the-art Bosch appliances.

Steps from the kitchen are a powder room and a space that accommodates a stacking washer and dryer.

Penny tile, this time in a soft blue hue, was repeated on the backsplash of the master bedroom. Providing added visual appeal are gray accent subway tiles that run vertically and a floating maple vanity. Ceiling lighting casts a subtle glow in the room.

A guest bathroom also has a floating vanity and is individualized with an orange accent wall, white subway tile and orange penny tile.

On the exterior of the house, a retaining wall was built from brick that was removed from the house as its façade was redesigned. Three windows over the kitchen were added to balance the three on the opposite side of the front of the home. New gray, grooved siding on the front addition of the home matches the existing siding.

Also included in the remodel project were removing a wall to open up a second bedroom, refinishing the hardwood floors, replacing all windows except a large picture window with Pella windows and adding windows that look out over the deck.

Living in the home is like living in a tree house. A spectacular, spacious, modern tree house.

Tile installation: A.C. Ceramic Tile
Appliances: Bonnycastle Appliance & TV
Lighting: Brecher’s Lighting
Plumbing: C. D. Willis Plumbing
Cabinetry: Chris’s Custom Cabinets
Plumbing fixtures: Ferguson Kitchen & Bath
Framer: Philip Green Construction
Flooring: Gil’s Hardwood
Countertops: Kentuckiana Countertops
Electric: Laswell Electric
Tile: Louisville Tile
Lumber: P.C. Lumber
HVAC: Birkhead Heating & Air Conditioning
Concrete work: Nomad Industries
Windows: Pella Windows and Doors
Handrail: Sonne Steel