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Renovation retains home's 1929 charm page 3
Marye Street house gets a complete makeover

 A wall was removed to open up the foyer and staircase space.
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Date published: 10/5/2012


Each of the bathrooms has been redone with new fixtures and shower enclosures of tile and glass.


Once a mostly forgotten space, the basement is now fully finished with two bedrooms, a laundry room, a full bathroom, a family/TV area and even a wet bar.

There is private outdoor access through a welled exit, which would allow the basement to be used as an in-law suite or rented apartment.

Part of making a project like this work are the little touches that help a modernized old house retain its vintage charm. New trim was replicated to match the old, additional two-panel doors were found at Caravati's Salvage in Richmond to match existing ones. Lighting fixtures were chosen to recall the '20s and '30s.

Even the new doors and hardware on the painted-brick garage evoke a bygone era.

The one-eighth-acre lot also has space for a fenced side yard between the house and garage.

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406
Email: ramrhine@freelancestar.com

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Most old houses have their idiosyncrasies, some of which develop on their own over time, and others that owners contrived on purpose. One example is the closet trim that's cut at an angle parallel to a dormer.

Mike Adams, whose company, Jon Properties, bought 900 Marye St. to refurbish and resell it, said he found a particularly interesting one involving the home's garage.

The brick, two-car structure has two separate garage doors separated by a brick post. The garage probably dates to the construction of the house, in 1929, and the garage door openings were designed to handle the cars of those days, not the American-made, finned behemoths of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

A previous owner wanted to put his '59 Cadillac in the garage, but the door openings weren't wide enough. So what did he do? He cut openings in the brick posts so the car, fins and all, would fit.

Adams made it a priority to rebrick the cut-out areas. Today, one can't tell the custom cutouts ever existed.

--Richard Amrhine