Case Studies

A 150 Year Old House Is Reinvented for a Family of Eight

  • An old schoolhouse had seen many changes in its 150 years
  • Complicated remodeling plans scared off some contractors
  • MBC Remodeling took on the job of transforming several unique features

The home owned by Connie and Barry Waltz had seen many changes in its 150 years. Originally built as a schoolhouse, it was converted into a private double house around 80 years ago before the Waltz family converted the double dwelling into a single home in 1984. Despite changing many features, the home remained uncomfortable and difficult for Connie, Barry, and their six children to use.

Finding the Right Team

The couple had difficulty to find a contractor who would agree to work on their house. The companies they initially spoke with all told them the job was too hard. Converting two antique kitchens into one, removing a mid-wall, building a niche for the washer and dryer away from the kitchen, and transforming two staircases into one was certainly a tall order.

Mike Blank from MBC Remodeling listened to the couple’s home improvement plans and thought it could be done. His experience working on many older homes, and his company’s partnership with other pros like Jeanette of Swartz Kitchens, helped get the remodeling off to a great start. Clint and other team members carefully tore out the old kitchen to prepare it for new building. The new laundry room was designed to sit comfortably over one of the old staircases.

A Flexible Design Had Beautiful Results

The new kitchen in particular has thrilled the Waltz family. Not only is there now plenty of room for food prep, multiple cooks can fit comfortably in the space together without falling over one another. All eight adults can at last share a meal around the beautiful new island. “It is so nice to have room to entertain, Connie and Barry said. “To say we are pleased is an understatement.”

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