The 5 Dos and Don’ts of Renovating a Historic House

From creaky floorboards to confusing floor plans, historic-home ownership comes with a specific set of challenges. Of course, the unique character and delightful charm that only a well-aged structure can provide often outweigh any negatives. So the question becomes not if you’ll be buying the old beauty, but how to renovate it in a way that’s respectful of its past and functional for the future. Below, restoration experts offer five major dos and don’ts for revamping an old home.

Do paint or stain wood floors and millwork.

Architect William Brockschmidt of Brockschmidt and Coleman says, “In terms of impact, there is always paint. Painted floors or painted brick or painted paneling can give a fresh look when the existing materials are well designed but perhaps have a dreary color.”

He adds: “We would never want to destroy the aspects of an historic house that characterize its significance as an historic house. On the other hand, sometimes a historic house is just not that beautifully detailed, or bad decisions were made when it was built that don’t warrant preservation. If the historic house is not necessarily significant and has a beautiful exterior but an uninspired interior, we don’t have a problem creating a more delightful fantasy version of what the appropriate interior might have been.”  Continue reading “The 5 Dos and Don’ts of Renovating a Historic House”

Duane Reed & Houska Gallery Openings | October 20, 2017

Duane Reed


Jiyong Lee’s Segmentation Series is inspired by his fascination with cell division. He works with glass that has simultaneous transparency and opacity; two qualities that metaphorically represent the clarity and mysteries of biology.

John Garrett was raised in southern New Mexico by parents who were both educators. They instilled in him an appreciation for the handmade with their collections of Native American arts and crafts. Garrett’s intrigue with the tools, systems and materials involved in weaving and other textile constructions has resulted in hundreds of exhibition, including shows in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Visually unpredictable, he incorporates an expansive repertoire of material, achieving energetic complexity with meticulous craftsmanship.

Where: Duane Reed | 34729 McPherson Ave.
When: Friday October 20 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Houska Gallery

Houska Gallery is thrilled to introduce new art work by amazing “Ones to Watch” artists : JB Nearsy. Connie LaFlam. and special guest artist: Alex Johnmeyer. Come out this Friday and see them and new art by other gallery artists: Zack Smithey, Michael Hoffman, Jeff Kapfer and Andrew Brandmeyer.

Where: Houska Gallery | 4728 McPherson Ave
When: Friday October 20 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Stunning Ted Christner Contemporary | 11 Terry Hill Lane

QUICK FACTS:
Address: 11 Terry Hill Lane 
Price: $1,395,000
3 Beds, 6 Baths
Listed by: Kim Carney | (314)422-7449 | Coldwell Banker 

Stunning Ted Christner contemporary! This architectural significant home sits on 1.48 acres backing to Westwood Country Club (private trail through the woods). Custom built with the finest materials from the ground up…no expense spared. Angled walls in every room, flooded with light, perfect flow for entertaining and everyday living…art collectors dream.

Walk-in and get ready to be wowed. Step-down great room with exquisite wood wet bar, looks out to the park-like yard with heated pebble tec pool, pool house & professional landscaping. Luxury master suite with “his and her” baths & walk-in closets; step out to the flagstone path to the outdoor oasis. Gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances & granite countertops.

Gorgeous library with walnut bookcases, spacious study with built-ins, new laundry room, oversized 3 car garage, finished lower level with large family/rec room, bedroom suite, gym, & tons of storage. This gem is not to be missed…centrally located & impeccably maintained! 

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