For many, it is impossible to resist the charms of a historic home. The draw of classic architecture, the traditional building materials, construction methods and floorplans of another era can be irresistible.
There is something about a historic home that new modern designs simply cannot offer.
While many homeowners love everything about a home that was built 70, 80 or 100+ years ago, some acknowledge drawbacks and inconveniences that while charmingly old-fashioned, still detract from their livability.
A New Challenge for a Traditional Home
The St. Louis area is dotted with a number of communities that boast large numbers of historic homes. Webster Groves is one such community that is known for its beautiful older homes and unique charm.
When Cary and Sarah Stalnecker bought their home in Webster Groves, they loved almost everything about it. With two small children and an often-hectic lifestyle, the couple wanted a true master suite that they could escape to, complete with a large walk-in closet and a spacious master bathroom incorporating modern features.
However, while the couple wanted their new master suite to offer everything possible from a livability and comfort standpoint, they did not want to do anything to detract from the classic beauty of their beloved home. The new renovations needed to blend in seamlessly.
Creativity Is Key When Renovating Historic Homes
Clearly, this remodeling project had to balance the old and the new, requiring thoughtful but creative architectural, design, engineering and construction if the end result would embody the Stalnecker’s vision.
They knew the best choice for their project would be to work with a Design-Build firm, which included a full range of professionals all working in unison. Agape Construction was their choice.
The Stalneckers worked closely with Agape’s Senior Architect to develop a design that would blend the original elements with modern amenities into an extremely livable suite that gave its historic roots more than just a passing nod.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
The new master bathroom gracefully incorporated a large shower, traditional-styled freestanding tub, and double vanity with white cabinets and a marble top. The bathroom floor is white octagonal tile while the walls feature subway style ceramic tile.
The master closet in the bedroom was highlighted by a pair of sitting room doors the Stalneckers had saved allowing Agape to convert them into a pair of French doors for the closet.
Finally, the bedroom and bathroom are joined by a wide sliding barn door which contributes to the open feeling of the rooms while carrying the historic theme of the master suite’s other elements.
Agape was committed to involving the Stalneckers in the project, recognizing their contributions would personalize the design and give the Stalneckers a greater sense of ownership of the innovative remodeling.
Sarah, who has a passion for interior design, chose several décor elements for the suite, most notably a rich blue wall color which serves to aesthetically unite the two rooms.
In the end, the Stalneckers were thrilled with the finished suite.
“We were very satisfied with Agape’s Architectural Design and unique problem solving, along with the exceptional craftsmanship of their carpenters,” Cary said. “We love our new Master Suite!”
Updating A Historic St. Louis Home? Call Agape Today!
If you have a historic home that you would like to make more livable while preserving its character, contact Agape Construction for a complimentary consultation.
See how our integrated Design and Build approach can save you time, maximize your investment in your home and give you a stunning result.