Historic Homes

Historic home renovation presents all the challenges of traditional home renovation (maximizing comfort, livability, beauty) while adding a big extra, the need to be faithful to the home’s original era. Not all owners of older homes want to do an historic renovation, but for those who do, Greymark brings an unusual level of sensitivity and experience to the project.

We were granted the Texas Association of Builders 2017 STAR Awards for Best Historic Remodel under $500,000 and Best Historic-Sensitive Remodel.

The award-winning house to the right is in Galveston, Texas. A Houston couple fell in love with it and bought it from an owner who had taken the interior down to shiplap before running out of steam. That couple hired Greymark and the adventure began.

Before: Ground Level Main Floor

This house was built 1893 and survived the 1900 hurricane. As with most houses of that era, it is high up off the ground. The front entrance is essentially on the second floor (the main floor).

The ground floor is just a garage and unfinished rooms with dirt floors. The interior staircase to the main floor was accessed from the garage by going through an unfinished room with a dirt floor to a covered porch at the back of the house and into the kitchen. Not only was this unpleasant, the stair access in the kitchen took up space that could have been better used.

In the most significant structural change Greymark provided, the original staircase was demolished and a new enclosed staircase built which was accessed directly from the garage. The landing was moved to the hall where the existing staircase to the second floor was already located. The new staircase was closely modeled on the existing 1900-era staircase already in the home. These changes allowed the family to have a large kitchen/dining room to accommodate visits from the kids and grandkids.

To provide the homeowners with a master suite, two rooms and an existing bathroom on the main floor were reconfigured into a large master bedroom, master bathroom and expansive closet space.

Before: Ground Level Main Floor

This house was built 1893 and survived the 1900 hurricane. As with most houses of that era, it is high up off the ground. The front entrance is essentially on the second floor (the main floor).

The ground floor is just a garage and unfinished rooms with dirt floors. The interior staircase to the main floor was accessed from the garage by going through an unfinished room with a dirt floor to a covered porch at the back of the house and into the kitchen. Not only was this unpleasant, the stair access in the kitchen took up space that could have been better used.

In the most significant structural change Greymark provided, the original staircase was demolished and a new enclosed staircase built which was accessed directly from the garage. The landing was moved to the hall where the existing staircase to the second floor was already located. The new staircase was closely modeled on the existing 1900-era staircase already in the home. These changes allowed the family to have a large kitchen/dining room to accommodate visits from the kids and grandkids.

To provide the homeowners with a master suite, two rooms and an existing bathroom on the main floor were reconfigured into a large master bedroom, master bathroom and expansive closet space.

Kitchen had been taken down to ship-lap. On the left side of the first photo, you can see where the staircase from the ground level came up into the kitchen.

Kitchen had been taken down to ship-lap. On the left side of The first photo, you can see where the staircase from the ground level came up into the kitchen.

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Main floor
bathroom.

Main floor bathroom.

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Staircase from main floor to third floor.

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After: Ground Level Main Floor

On the main floor, with the staircase from the ground floor rebuilt elsewhere, the kitchen/dining room was opened up. A galley kitchen with a huge eat-in island was installed, complimented by a large dining table. Lots of kids and grandkids to feed!

The main staircase to the third floor was restored to its former glory and the new staircase from the ground level was carefully created to be a seamless fit with the original.

A powder room was added and pocket doors between the family room and living room were installed. The doors are original to the house, but all the track hardware was missing and the doors themselves were leading up against the wall.

A large master bedroom, suite of closets and master bath were built to replace what had been two smaller rooms and a small bath.

Although there was a lot of material in the house that Greymark could use, there was not enough of the very distinctive moulding or door hardware, so Greymark had to have that moulding milled and had to scour the internet for period hardware similar enough to the original to fit in without standing out.

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After: Ground level and main floor

On the main floor, with the staircase from the ground floor rebuilt elsewhere, the kitchen/dining room was opened up. A galley kitchen with a huge eat-in island was installed, complimented by a large dining table. Lots of kids and grandkids to feed!

The main staircase to the third floor was restored to its former glory and the new staircase from the ground level was carefully created to be a seamless fit with the original.

A powder room was added and pocket doors between the family room and living room were installed. The doors are original to the house, but all the track hardware was missing and the doors themselves were leading up against the wall.

A large master bedroom, suite of closets and master bath were built to replace what had been two smaller rooms and a small bath.

Although there was a lot of material in the house that Greymark could use, there was not enough of the very distinctive moulding or door hardware, so Greymark had to have that moulding milled and had to scour the internet for period hardware similar enough to the original to fit in without standing out.

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Before: Third floor

The third floor of the house had two bedrooms. The biggest challenge was to add a Jack and Jill bath; that’s a bathroom with two entrances, one from each bedroom. Each of the bedrooms had wonderful beaded board on the walls and a big priority for both Greymark and the homeowners that the beaded board remain.

Another priority was that the aluminum windows in the dormers go and be replaced by a more authentic window. Any alterations to the exterior of an historic building has be to reviewed by the Historical Commission. Even though Greymark was restoring a more original window, there was still quite a bit of bureaucracy to get through!

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After: Third floor

You can’t have a house on Galveston Island without expecting some guests and this family had a large family. They wanted enough room for everyone and the two third floor bedrooms and the Jack and Jill bath were just the ticket.

Main floor: Living room, family room, front hall
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Main floor: Front door, exterior

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