Historic District Residential Remodel

Project overview

Located in the Historic District of Downtown Helena, this house was originally constructed as a private residence and more recently housed professional offices. The Owners had a distinct vision to bring the home back to its original historic character while making alterations that would function better for their needs.

Process

The Owners are world travelers and have a love and passion for art, history, architecture, and design from all over the world. This passion is reflected in their home for they were heavily involved in the remodel of their home, from schematic design to project closeout.

There were a few setbacks during the demolition phase. A faulty water pipe burst in the basement of the home in the middle of the winter which provided challenges in correcting the issue and getting the project back on track. Like most projects that happened after COVID-19, there have been significant delays in getting supplies and materials to project sites on time. The Contractor did an outstanding job making sure this did not drastically affect the project.

Outcome

Inspired by European design, the elegant and timeless style was achieved by removing walls to open spaces that were once restricting. This created a grand main entry, living room, dining room, and kitchen. The appealing existing bay windows were obstructed by large-scale 1980s valances and fabrics. Removing these obstructions allowed for an abundance of natural light to highlight the clean white paint, antique French chandeliers, hand-crafted European tiles, and existing doors and hardware. Heat pump HVAC units were added to enhance comfort and a steam shower unit was designed to add a luxury spa feature to the home. Refinishing the existing inlaid parquet, herringbone and basketweave wood flooring transformed this unique home into comfortable living quarters for the owners to enjoy for many years to come.