2016 Tour of Remodeled Homes – House 6


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House 6 – 205 Sequoya Road, Louisville, KY 40207

Joe French
Louisville Handyman, Inc.

Whole House Remodel

As they contemplated a move to Louisville, the prospective owners consulted with Louisville Handyman about design possibilities before purchasing this Indian Hills ranch home. Using sophisticated architectural software which includes 3D walk-through views and furniture placement, Louisville Handyman presented several proposed designs and updated the designs as the project evolved. The technology helped facilitate a remodel that’s full of intriguing ideas, giving the house a vibrant, new life.

“We carefully merged the updated design with the bones of the house to enhance the aesthetics and to maximize value,” says Joe French of Louisville Handyman.

Because the homeowners had enjoyed a previous sunroom, they wanted to incorporate one into the remodel. The sunroom project included adding a load-bearing beam to the back of the house to allow an existing bank of windows to be removed and create an open flow between the sunroom and the new kitchen. The new sunroom is accented by a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan, transoms over the windows and hardwood flooring that matches the existing floors. The sunroom also features a seven-foot door that leads to a two-tone new deck that uses Autumn Chestnut color for the main deck and Brazilian walnut color as an accent border. Black composite post sleeves and rails with metal balusters along with an integrated light kit complete the sophisticated deck.

Replacing a load-bearing wall with an engineered beam in the ceiling between the kitchen and dining room enabled the kitchen to be expanded and redesigned in place of a formerly awkward, poorly functioning layout. A new island with a double sink, a dedicated pantry with full-extension adjustable rollout shelves, and an oven and microwave positioned at a height for easy access are a few highlights of the new kitchen. The kitchen features custom Amish built maple cabinets with an autumn haze stain and a glaze. It also showcases a granite countertop with Noce tumbled 3 by 6-inch travertine tile backsplash, pencil molding and a decorative accent behind the new gas cooktop.

An angled wall that made for a dysfunctional bath design was reframed to update the bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom reflects aging-in-place amenities such as grab bars, one of which is incorporated into the toilet paper holder. Finishes include 18 by 18-inch porcelain floor tiles with almond grout, and a new shower surround with 10 by 14-inch porcelain tile with a glass accent and matching corner shelves.

The laundry room was moved from the basement to the first floor, and a spacious closet was installed for greater accessibility.

The existing roof of the house had no ventilation, so a specialty vent was added to allow air flow into the house to lengthen the life of a new roof. Gutters were replaced as part of the exterior renovation that also features significant landscaping in front and back of the house. The location of a picturesque fountain was changed so that it could better be seen from the sunroom.

Louisville Handyman’s project also included the installation of spray foam insulation in the sunroom and other areas of the house, and water purification and reverse osmosis systems.

Plumbing and lighting fixtures: Ferguson Kitchen & Bath
Tile: Louisville Tile
Plumbing: Vessels Plumbing
Electric: Corrigan Electric
Carpet: Sam Kinnaird’s Flooring
New and refinished hardwood flooring: Max Care
Interior painting: R. W Goatley
Exterior painting: Certapro
Weather Shield windows, Therma Tru® Smooth-Star Fiberglass Door & Azek ® deck: Architectural Window & Door Design Center
Roof and Gutters: K&P Roofing
Spray Foam: Graber Insealators of Louisville, Inc.
Interior design: Lisa Steinbock Interiors.