"I told him, 'Don't underestimate us.'" In return, she and Mark didn't underestimate the property's potential.
"We knew we could turn it into exactly the kind of home we wanted," Lisa explains.
"The amount of plaster and debris was just staggering." Once they'd taken the walls down to the lath, the Hellmans set about restoring the entire stairwell, including its unique paneled side.
The couple also uncovered gorgeous pine floors beneath grimy linoleum, but the boards were full of plumbing holes from the many kitchens and bathrooms that existed in the different apartments.
The upgrade in quality adds efficiency to your interior climate, giving you better control over your heating and cooling bills.
When Rusco renovates your home, you’ll choose from products that work with your style – and also provide exceptional quality that stands up to the extreme demands of Calgary’s climate.
Not only had the sprawling 6,000-square-foot building been converted into six apartments, but by the time the Hellmans discovered it, the ramshackle residence had stood abandoned for 25 years.
Beneath the exterior's yellow asbestos shingles, Lisa and Mark Hellman discovered well-preserved clapboard, which they painted with Benjamin Moore's Flat White.
Our quality exterior renovation services can make your dream home a reality.The operative word in the phrase "gut renovation" is the first one — it takes real guts to strip a house down to the studs, then build it back up again.Especially if you're new parents, like Lisa and Mark Hellman were (to then-infant daughter Avery) when they found their 106-year-old home, situated on a former chicken farm near Jeffersonville, New York."We loved the idea of being able to inject our personality into every corner.", with Avery, 7, and Owen, 3) sealed up a side entrance in the kitchen, making room for a wide Viking stove, set against a slate-tile backsplash.Custom cabinets with antique glass panes and Restoration Hardware light fixtures add to the finished look, as does a built-to-order island. Extending an island's countertop provides comfortable space for knees."I knew I wanted a classic farmhouse style — simple and clean," Lisa says.