Column: Blending old with new in 1920s Indianapolis Bungalow


EXISTING HOME: After living in their 95-year-old bungalow in the Butler/Tarkington area for 25 years, the homeowners were tired of outdated cosmetics and poor flow. “Our main priorities were to create a more open feel and modernize the kitchen and bathrooms while staying true to the original style and charm of the home.”

KITCHEN: To create a more open concept feel, the original narrow doorways were widened and arched for a better sightline from the formal dining room to the kitchen. New doors and drawer fronts were installed and painted to match the existing cabinetry boxes. A new backsplash was installed using “Lady Onyx” subway tile to complement the existing granite countertops. To brighten up the space, the existing copper wallpaper on the ceiling was removed. New decorative molding was installed to restore the historical charm of the kitchen. To complete the final look, a new heated slate tile floor was installed in a small Versailles pattern.

DINING NOOK: The original corner built-ins were revitalized with new moldings and a fresh coat of white paint. The interiors were painted in a contrasting gray color to add depth and visual interest. Wainscoting was then installed around the perimeter of the room and white decorative trim was placed on the ceiling for added charm.

UPSTAIRS BATH: The plumbing in the upstairs bath was upgraded to modern standards. A tub was upgraded to a tub/shower combination. The original shower tile was removed and replaced with 4×4 gloss black tile in a diagonal pattern on the side walls. The white and black basket-weave tile used for the niche and bathroom floor gives a cohesive look with the rest of the bathroom. Stone veneer was installed over the top of existing stainless steel sheets to add texture and warmth to the bathroom.

FINAL RESULT: “We love how everything came together to seamlessly blend with the original design elements of our home. We love everything, but our favorite is definitely the kitchen!”

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