2617 Hampshire (1990)


This 1920 side-by-side duplex with Victorian accents in the Coventry area has been the object of an extensive and highly successful two-year remodeling/ renovation. The project reflects a creative blend of traditional and contemporary styles, with a wonderful use of bold paint colors, particularly in the kitchen and baths.


A false decorative fireplace and the wall separating the living and dining rooms were removed, while a front closet was added in the entryway. The original front door with beveled glass and leaded glass windows highlight the craftsmanship of the period. Featured in the main living area are the old candy machine and the phone booth from the building where the Heights Community Congress had its first office.


The kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled, the ceiling lowered, and a second stairway access added. The original two-story porch that extended along the back of the house was removed and an open deck added, while the second-floor doors that led to the porch were replaced with windows. An open space was created through the center of this three-story house, leading to a large skylight, which provides a constant source of natural light.


On the second floor, a small bedroom and bath were converted into one large bathroom, and the back hallway was moved to the other side of the stairway to make way for the new opening/skylight. There are two bedrooms on this floor, one of which will be shown. The master suite is located on the third floor, where an unfinished storage area was converted into a full bathroom. A dressing area with louvered closet doors leads to the bedroom.


Track lighting has been installed throughout the house and the hardwood floors have all been refinished.