Victorian Remodel

The following property was my seventh project and definitely my biggest undertaking.  It was a Victorian Home, used as a rental for years on Hays street, just north of downtown Boise, Idaho. It was 3500 finished square feet, another 400 plus unfinished, and a detached two car garage when completed.  It is an one hundred year old Victorian, in the historical district of Boise, that was being used as a triplex for several years when purchased.  It had had some rough remodels over the years and needed to be redesigned back into a single family home. This involved removing unnecessary walls, developing the kitchen, and adding a master bedroom (which was not the norm in the early 1900's).  The biggest challenge was combining most of an old house, with large parts of new house, to meet seamlessly, and outperform new construction.

Incidentally, I am not an architect.

Boise, Idaho, Victorian Exterior BEFORE

Front-Before
Front-Before
Front-After
Front-After

Boise, Idaho, Victorian Living Room BEFORE

Living Room After, with insulated walls, custom double-hung windows that snapped in behind the original casing, custom storm windows to preserve the upper leaded windows, updated wiring, and a refinished floor.
Living Room After, with insulated walls, custom double-hung windows that snapped in behind the original casing, custom storm windows to preserve the upper leaded windows, updated wiring, and a refinished floor.

Boise, Idaho, Victorian Kitchen BEFORE

These are not original kitchen cabinets, but it probably was the original location.
These are not original kitchen cabinets, but it probably was the original location.
Kitchen after two walls were removed, dirt excavated, foundation poured, new 6" walls framed, insulation blown in and high performance windows installed.
Kitchen after two walls were removed, dirt excavated, foundation poured, new 6" walls framed, insulation blown in and high performance windows installed.

Boise, Idaho, Victorian Bathroom BEFORE

Original Sink when property was purchased.
Original Sink when property was purchased.
Original sink and clawfoot tub were refinished, then reinstalled.
Original sink and clawfoot tub were refinished, then reinstalled.

Boise, Idaho, Victorian Back of house BEFORE

The back of the house was removed to the peak of the second story.
The back of the house was removed to the peak of the second story.
Back of House After and the New Garage
Back of House After and the New Garage

Victorian home in Boise, Idaho

There is more to be said about this property, but I thought I would let these first few images tell the story for now. More will follow soon. Thanks for looking.


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Any thoughts or suggestions on this or any victorian remodel? 3 comments

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great job you have done. I like the fact that you kept that original sink and tub in the bathroom. Fits in with the age of the house and yet the updates make everything so much more liveable. This must be so much fun for you!


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shanel 6 years ago from Seattle

Wow - you do nice work. You did a really great job of blending the old with the new. Nice hub!


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Jessay 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for stopping by. It has been very fun seeing the changes possible. Subcontractors don't always blending the old with the new, but they come around.

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