The owners of this stately 1850s Victorian home loved its character and history, but found that it didn’t quite meet their 21st century needs. They began working with Normandy Remodeling’s Troy Pavelka, who was challenged with the task of meeting their growing family’s needs while further enhancing the beauty and charm of their home. Troy welcomed the opportunity to work on such a historic and architecturally stylistic home and took painstaking steps to ensure that the remarkable details that made this home unique extended throughout the remodel.
The two story addition that included an attached two-car garage, mudroom, master suite and home office, featured the very intricate details found on the existing home that defined the Victorian style. Replicating these vintage elements required creativity and perseverance as intricate mouldings were custom replicated, vintage door hinges and push button light switches were sourced, and dozens of details, large and small, were extended to the newly constructed addition. On the home’s exterior, 36 corbels were custom made to identically match the existing corbels and even the unique cresting on the roof was seamlessly extended to the addition. The restoration of the home’s original turret turned out to be the crowning jewel of the residence, with its copper roof boasting of the home’s elegant past.
The completed addition and renovation on this old and architecturally significant home was a detailed and challenging task, but one with spectacular results. “Many people have asked me where the original house ended and where the addition begins,” says Normandy Designer Troy Pavelka. The skillful addition of the two car garage, master suite, mudroom and home office has not only been appreciated by the residents of LaGrange, IL – it has also gained national attention. This project recently received a “Best of the Best,” award as well as a “Master Design Award” from Professional Remodeler and Qualified Remodeler, respectively.