Columbus, OH
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RKA was commissioned to complete an exterior renovation/restoration at this 1917 multi-family building within Columbus’ Bryden Road Historic District, in the Franklin Park neighborhood. RKA led the approval process with the City of Columbus-Historic Resources Commission. While the interior had been renovated by a previous owner, RKA was hired to upgrade the appearance of the building exterior and site, provide updated aesthetics and amenities, and preserve original elements. The Owner's specific goals included; create private outdoor living space, reconstruct the rear porch to be safer and more architecturally appropriate, and repair and renovate the existing garage. Restoration of the original masonry and extensive tuckpointing of mortar joints was a painstaking, but critical task, improving the condition of the building envelope. Additional exterior restoration included; new gutters/downspouts, roofing and flashing repairs, front porch railing/floor/ceiling surface upgrades, and new paint on siding and trim. These upgrades preserved the historic nature of the structure, while greatly improving the aesthetic appeal. The new 2-story rear porch matched the footprint of an unrefined, structurally unsound, non-original rear porch. The new rear porch has a refined architectural design, and carefully executed technical details, resulting in in a visually pleasing, more durable porch. A new concrete paver patio was located in a shaded area, adjacent to the new rear porch. A new custom designed privacy fence was placed between the garage and residence, providing privacy for new outdoor living spaces. The existing garage was previously damaged in a fire, had extensive water damage, and was in poor condition. The garage framing and foundation underwent substantial repairs, and the exterior was clad in new sheathing, siding, and roofing, improving the appearance, and ensuring safety and functionality for the tenants. RKA also collaborated with the landscape designer on the design of new plant material, the finishing touches for this project, which completely transformed the curb-appeal of the property.