Amazing Historic Home Remodels

After their stunning renovations, these historic homes boast the best modern amenities while maintaining their original character. Browse the before-and-after photos and get inspired for your own remodel. 

By: Karen Schwartz
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Photo By: LaMantia Design and Construction

Photo By: LaMantia Design and Construction

Photo By: LaMantia Design and Construction

Photo By: LaMantia Design and Construction

Photo By: LaMantia Design and Construction

Chicago Craftsman, Before

Built in 1905, this two-story masonry house outside of Chicago had a lot going for it before its renovation. The residence featured numerous architectural details designed by turn-of-the-century architect Frederick Lehmer, including beautiful wood carvings that sat atop masonry columns on the porch. However, the home’s original porch steps made it difficult to enter – one of the main reasons the homeowners decided to remodel. They wanted the front porch rebuilt and a large porch landing constructed, yet they also wanted to maintain the historical character of their home. 

Chicago Craftsman, After

The new and spacious addition addresses the homeowners’ need for a larger porch stair landing and an expanded living room. The renovation of both spaces pays homage to the original historical design of the period.

Salvaged Details

The new porch columns were constructed to emulate the original columns, but are proportionately larger in order to accommodate the higher porch roof height. An original wood ornament was saved during demolition, used as a template for the new wood trim and resized to fit the new proportions of the brick columns.

Living Room, Before

The original living room was not spacious enough for the homeowners. It couldn’t comfortably accommodate their furniture, as a sofa partially blocked an opening to the living room.

Living Room, After

The expanded living room provides ample space for the homeowners’ furniture. Furthermore, the large expanse of windows lets in a plentiful supply of natural light and air.

Custom Cabinetry

The fireplace and cabinetry were custom designed and built to match the beautiful Arts and Crafts detailing throughout the home. 

Handmade Tile

The owner specifically selected handmade Arts and Crafts tiles from Carreaux du Nord for the fireplace surround.

San Diego Spanish Revival, Before

This Spanish revival-style home is listed on the San Diego Historical Registry. The homeowners wanted to experience the conveniences of modern life while retaining the integrity of their home and its original charm. 

San Diego Spanish Revival, After

The remodel satisfied the homeowners’ desire for more space; among the rooms that were remodeled were a ground-floor kitchen and a second-floor bathroom. Every detail of the remodel was designed to meet the strict requirements of the Mills Act for remodeling historical homes.

Kitchen, Before

The preexisting kitchen suffered from an odd layout, where additional storage was located on the other side of a wall that ran parallel down the center of the room. The upper cabinets created a claustrophobic feel in the narrow space, while the monochromatic color palette looked bland. 

Kitchen, After

The owners wanted each element of the renovated kitchen to reflect the home’s original Spanish revival character. At the same time, they wanted to add their own original touches and a greater degree of functionality to the space. After the remodel, the kitchen almost doubled in size.

Ample Storage

Space for storing items was relocated to the upper wall cabinets by the range, and there is also plenty of additional storage within the islands. An arched overhang on both islands allows for plenty of seating, and two different colors of glazed cabinetry serve to visually delineate the islands from the perimeter cabinetry.

Bathroom, Before

The size and design of the original bath was utilitarian at best, with its cracking green tile and small bathroom sink. Since the homeowners wanted a sophisticated update, a complete overhaul was planned for the master bathroom.

Bathroom, After

Cherry cabinetry is featured in the master bathroom, along with elegant marble countertops and crisp white hexagon floor tiles that reflect the period style of the home. The overall aesthetic of the room also satisfies the homeowners’ desire for a fresh, modern and spacious new look.

Bathe With a View

A luxurious bathtub with traditional fixtures is positioned to take advantage of a breathtaking scenic view. To save space, the vanity is seamlessly molded into the wood paneling of the skirt of the tub. The marble countertop features gentle curves with a raised arch, and is designed to accentuate the graceful lines of the sinks. Cool blue walls balance the warmth of the cherry cabinetry.

Spacious Shower

The newly designed shower features a mosaic backsplash that is repeated throughout the room, and niches are built into the walls to provide storage for essentials. Classic fixtures include a standard shower, four body sprays, a rain showerhead and a hand-held showerhead, bringing together the modern luxuries of a spa with all the traditional aesthetics of a bathroom.