Renovation tour shows Columbus’ conventional house transformed into modern
In 1998, Susan and Tim Willeke purchased a brand new 1,864 square foot home in Westerville from M / I Homes.
Little by little over the years, the couple renovated the house. Working alone or with family members, they added a Florida room, finished the basement, and installed a patio.
But many of the changes were design touches that transformed the conventional four-bedroom home into a sleek contemporary space with dark wood floors, sleek modern doors, swirling geometric light fixtures, cable railings, framing. marble fireplace in the living room and a fireplace mounted on a stone wall in the dining room.
“When you look at these pictures in the magazines of these contemporary homes, it’s all these 6,000 square foot, million dollar homes,” Susan said. “We never wanted to live in a huge house. We thought we could be modern in a modest house.”
At the start of the pandemic, the house had been transformed with the exception of the harshest room: the kitchen, with its original natural oak cabinetry, off-white tile floor, and laminate countertop.
“When we looked at the kitchen, with all that oak, it just didn’t match the rest of the house,” said Susan, who works for the Ohio Ethics Commission.
“We wanted to get rid of oak and get modern,” added Tim, business consultant at JPMorgan Chase.
For this step, they turned to Upper Arlington remodeling company JS Brown & Co., who helped them extend the clean black and white look of the rest of the house into the kitchen.
“It was exciting,” said Wendy Sorenson, design consultant for JS Brown, who worked with the couple on the project. “We’re in the Midwest. Having a client who wants something modern – we don’t do a lot of work in that area.”
The results will be on display in next weekend’s Fall Home Improvement Showcase, sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of the National Home Improvement Industry Association. This year’s version of the annual event will feature seven newly renovated homes, most of which are kitchen renovations.
Sorenson faced a challenge in the remodel: because the Willekes had no interest in moving the walls, the project was limited to the existing footprint. Sorenson changed the layout slightly by adding a built-in cabinet where a credenza once stood, extending the countertop approximately 18 inches at one end, and widening the island slightly to allow for the installation of back cabinets. back below.
The oak trim was painted white and the patio doors from the kitchen to the Florida room were removed, adding to the home’s openness feel.
But above all, cooking has changed by changing its five main ingredients:
• The dark, wide-planked parquet floors found on the rest of the first floor have been extended into the kitchen, replacing the large square off-white tiles.
• A glossy white quartz countertop replaced the off-white laminate countertop.
• A circular spiral light fixture replaced the old pendant above the island.
• A horizontal glass tile backsplash has been added, replacing the short laminate backsplash.
• Oak cabinets have been replaced with white acrylic cabinets with minimalist hardware.
“We wanted the kitchen to be black and white and shiny,” Susan joked.
To complete the clean look, the microwave with a range hood vent has been replaced with a slim swoosh-shaped hood vent. A drawer style microwave has been installed in the island.
The overall result is a modern look in a not-so-modern home.
“It’s a typical house that people live in,” Sorenson said. “Anyone can look at this and say, ‘Wow, I can really do something different with my house, even something modern.’ ”
The couple know their black and white style might not be for everyone, but they don’t care. It’s their style.
“It’s fun living here,” said Susan. “With the cooking done, we feel like at home, we feel like us.”
Tim added, “We love it, hands down.”
Look inside the Westerville couple’s modern kitchen renovation
Look inside Susan and Tim Willeke’s modern kitchen remodel and see how it fits into their other bedrooms on the first floor.
Doral Chenoweth, The Columbus Dispatch
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The Fall Home Improvement Showcase presented by the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Remodeling Industry Association will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $ 3 for each of the seven sites on the tour or $ 10 for the entire tour. Tickets can be purchased in advance at trustnari.org or in cash at each stop. For more details, including addresses, visit trustnari.org. Guests are requested to wear masks.