The home was originally built in 1808 and now is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sitting in the Ohio River flood-plain, the house had to be lifted before any of the major rebuild / remodel could occur. Major infrastructure, mechanical, and finish updates were needed.
Engineering challenges included lifting a solid brick house above the flood plain, adding solar and geothermal technology. Having been in the family since the 1920’s the owners wanted many of the finish elements to be re-used. Three separate structures on the property needed remodeling and building of new additions.
The house was lifted two feet with pneumatic lifts. New York based firms Ike Kligerman Barkley Architect and interior design firm Todd Klein Inc. created design elements that would have to allow for hydronic flooring, geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, mahogany doors and windows, reclaimed heart pine flooring, and custom finishes. Build and design would be incorporated seamlessly within the 19th century structure.
The house was lifted two feet above the floodplain. Bricks salvaged from the original structure were cleaned and reused. Reclaimed beams were added as a design element in the sitting room. Holly trees felled from the property were milled and built into furniture. Cabinets from the existing structure were salvaged and re-fitted. A comfortable studio and guest house were totally re-furbished.