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2015 Residential
Historic Renovation

R4 Construction
Remodelers of Tacoma, Washington

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Steven Rork
R4 Construction
PO Box 7968
Tacoma, Washington 98417
Phone: 253-301-9302

2015 Residential Historic Renovation

This 1903 four square in North Tacoma was converted into a duplex in the early 70’s for student housing. The homeowners saw the potential, with vision and patience the duplex went through a “true restoration” back to a single-family residence. Paramount was designs that included a new kitchen, that stayed true too the style of the house, and create an open floor concept that aloud the sunlight to pour into the home. A bedroom located in the original dining room was demolished along with the wall that separated the kitchen from dining. White Shaker floor to ceiling cabinets with inset doors and exposed hinges were installed to keep with the era of the house. Incorporating an island for food prep and seating, a gas range, along with the large-capacity French door refrigerator was mandatory for the two-chef kitchen. An under mount apron sink adds to the “old-fashion” feel the client desired. The dishwasher has a cabinet front for a seamless appearance. Quartz countertops finish the cabinet off. Plug molding under the upper cabinets keeps the subway tile backsplash free of electrical outlets. Vintage looking lights, under cabinet, recessed lighting, gives the homeowner versatile lighting options. The house originally was heated with four pot-belly stoves that had long been replaced with electric baseboard heat. Most of the old house trim was intact, although covered in 6 layers of paint! This is where you separate homeowners who want to restore their home, from those who want to remodel it. Hundreds of hours were spent removing paint from the original woodwork to reveal the natural beauty of old growth fir. Carpet and several layers of vinyl flooring were removed to allow refinishing of the 110 year old floor. Although the floor was damaged from years of neglect, it created a rustic floor that the homeowners loved. A complete rebuild of the porch was necessary. Tongue and groove fir decking was installed. A new three car garage was built. Hip roof, cedar lap siding and trim was duplicated to match the house. Custom paint colors top off this restoration project. Craftsmanship and attention to detail will insure another hundred years of beauty for this home.