Do you own a Capitol Hill turn of the century home? While we often find ourselves constrained by space — those Victorians didn’t covet closet space as we do — the special touches in these homes bring the character of life more than 100 years ago into modern living.
Some local homeowners integrate old and new into their homes with new stained glass, reclaimed wood and charming old school-style appliances. See these creative features on the Renovator’s House tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour supports activities at the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools, a 20-year old program that serves 1100 children from pre-K through 8th grade. The cluster is located across three campuses: Peabody Elementary, Watkins Elementary and Stuart Hobson Middle schools.
The tour emphasizes smart solutions to everyday problems, and the best ways to stretch a budget. There’s also an emphasis on eco-friendly and carbon footprint-sensitive solutions to modernize homes. Drafty old windows are no longer and issue for these folks!
One featured house, owned by Sanju Misra and Greg Klas, makes the most of found objects of all sorts. In the basement, you’ll find a room divider that was made from a sliding pocket door once installed on the main floor. The door is hung on modern-day barn door hardware. There is a built-in bookcase made from a joist in the house. Reclaimed wood also makes for a counter top, coupled with an AGA stove scored on Craigslist. All together it provides for a one-of-a-kind kitchen.
And the house was purchased from artist Katherine Coleman. Misra and Klas hung some of her modernist paintings on the living room walls. The home is thoughtfully decorated and accents the home’s history.