Ravenna Bungalow Restoration
Just off the streetcar line of the original Olmstead plan at Ravenna Park this classic shed dormer bungalow was built in 1915. The intervening 80 years and time as a student rental including a fire had not been kind. Along with restoration of the exterior porch and trim details, the Dining room and Kitchen, which had suffered most of the fire damage, underwent a major restoration. Little of the original elements were intact and those that were had layers of paint and significant damage. The entire area was stripped down and restored from the studs up including upgrading of all plumbing, electrical systems and energy efficiency components. The owner wanted a more open relationship between the dining and kitchen so the renovation afforded the opportunity to open the wall between them and replace it with a 2 sided cabinet system resembling a traditional built in buffet on the dining side and shaker style kitchen cabinets opposite. Cove moldings, columns and bases and wainscoting were crafted to match the original details. The entire kitchen was reconfigured to accommodate modern workflow and appliances while cabinets were designed to maintain the historic appearance. Phase II restoration of the existing living room and reconfiguration and restoration of the upper floor bedrooms and stair hall is currently under way.