2018 Master Design Awards: Historic Renovation

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards historic renovation

GOLD & Judges’ Vision

Finish Line Building
Westerville, Ohio

Project name:
The Red House
Project location: Hilliard, Ohio
Square footage before: 8,512 (with garage)
Square footage after: 15,606 (incl. outdoor)


The owner of a local landmark, an 1860s farmhouse, loved its character and simplistic details but needed to expand the residence to accommodate a daughter and her growing family. They enjoy entertaining visitors and wanted to design interior and exterior spaces that would enable them to host events. Maintaining the original home remained important to the clients—and the community.

The project entailed a remodel of the existing 5,886-square-foot house, six full-room additions, a pool house and a new four-car garage while maintaining the historic nature and setting of the old structures. Keeping the appearance of a working farm complex proved vital to the footprint and scale of the plan, which purposely designed new exterior details to look like additions over time.


Lighting: Kichler
Faucet: Rohl
Sink: Kohler
Appliances: LG
Electronics: Samsung

Photos: JE Evans Photography


Scott Wilson Architect LLC
Franklin, Tenn.

Project name:
Farm House Redo
Project location: Thompson Station, Tenn.
Square footage before: 1,300
Square footage after: 3,043
Project cost: $500,000


Initially the owner bought the property as an investment and intended to raze the dilapidated late-1800s house. After discussing possibilities with an architect, however, they decided to restore the structure and add more space so the home could become a suitable weekend retreat. The new design required the refurbishment of wood floors and ceilings, plus replacement of each window.

Although the house needed extensive repairs as well as a new roof, its unique features caused the project to turn into a labor of love. The original stone fireplace remains one of the largest historic stone fireplaces in the area left intact. A dog trot that had been enclosed during prior renovations serves as the formal dining room, and a winding staircase in the family room survives to this day.


Siding: LP SmartSide
Windows: Jeld-Wen

Photos: Amber Holder


Avenue B Development
Austin, Texas

Fazio Architects
Project name:
Project location: Austin, Texas
Square footage before: 2,279
Square footage after: 3,499
Project cost: $693,000


A pre-war gem in the historic Brykerwoods neighborhood of Austin underwent a substantial upgrade to 3,500 square feet from slightly less than 2,300. The goals were to create light-filled, sleek, modern and energy-efficient interior spaces while maintaining its classic façade. The challenges were numerous. Local architectural guidelines prohibited alterations to the front elevation. Lot coverage was limited to 45 percent, and a large tree in the backyard was to be preserved at all costs.

In the end, 45.3 percent of the lot was covered and a large outdoor living space was built around the tree, including a very intricate roof structure. To build around the tree, the outdoor living space is supported by a series of piers strategically placed to minimize any possible damage to the tree’s roots. The finished remodel includes many new spaces, including a personal gym that is filled with light from vaulted skylights. Out front, passersby now see a well-preserved home that looks exactly as it has for decades.

Photos: Casey Fry

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