I love the look of old, distressed wood, exposed brick and exposed pipes. Fortunately, our space has all these features! Unfortunately, all these awesome features needed lots of work when we started prepping for our project well over two years ago. Brian painstaking cleaned the entire ceiling and all the exposed pipes. Next, he painted all the exposed pipes black.
We spent our spare time last summer, cleaning and sealing the brick. Cleaning consisted of wire brushing all the brick and sealing it twice – this was a fun project considering we were working on the third floor with no air conditioning and heat rises! The brick in our open living area has matte sealer. We also sealed the original sign before we began working on the project – what a great work of art that was painted in the 1870’s and has been preserved since 1904!
We made the decision to paint the brick in the back part of the building (where we will have our bedrooms and veranda) a lovely shade of white, due to years of different colors of paint being used on the brick. I think it looks great!
Last, but not least, the original hardwood floors – over 6500 sq. feet. We’ve gone back and forth about what to do about the floors. They’ve never been sealed. The current state of the floor includes some small holes, some big holes, bad repairs, spots of tar, etc. Yes, tar on a beautiful old floor. I’ve spent hours scraping it! I’ve researched sealing the floor with beeswax, linseed and poly but we still haven’t made a firm decision. One thought is to possibly remove the existing flooring from the bathrooms and laundry to reuse this good wood for repairs. We did try sanding a small area to see what it would look like with all the grime off.
Stay tuned for more!
Check out the view towards the end.
Good Saturday morning! Brian has shared some history and I just wanted to give some background too.
I’ve always had a love of architecture and design! I used to sit at the table with my Dad, Bud Huber, as he sketched house designs. I worked with him on many remodeling projects when I was growing up. Adding a basement under our existing house, finishing the basement and a complete kitchen and bathroom gut and remodel. I lived in the same house until I was married and by the time the house was sold it was at least 4 times the size of when they purchased it, thanks to Dad’s projects! He and Mom also built a garage and the biggest carport known to man – seriously, it was huge and he had all of his adult children help with the project. We had a lot of fun working on projects as I was growing up!
Dad built a house with Mom’s help before I was born. I think the house still stands – it’s on Evansville’s eastside on Beckman. Dad (& Mom) designed, subcontracted and built 3 houses after they became empty nesters. After Brian & I bought our house, Dad helped us designed our approximately 1300 sq. foot garage and created a supplies list. He even came to supervise and provide guidance on the project. I think Dad was a huge influence on both Brian and I and our love for taking on huge remodeling projects.
When we purchased the building, we told Dad about our plans for a loft style apartment and he was excited, too. He would even bring friends and family over to see the space and share our ideas with them. I’m sure he’s smiling down on us and can’t wait to see our finished project.
Brian and I have spent many days working on our design, laying out floor plans with green painter’s tape, researching plumbing design and determining the best layout. We designed and redesigned many times but a few things have stayed the same – we’ll have a big open space in the front of the building, with a huge kitchen area and a massive island, 2 and a half baths, a laundry room, 2 bedrooms and my huge master closet (I’m just a little excited about this closet.) Last, but definitely not least – the veranda will be across the back of the building. The veranda will be our version of a sunroom with a Hemingway/Florida Keys design influence – rich woods & plants. The rest of our design will be French farmhouse meets industrial.
Thanks for joining us on the journey!
Yesterday, I shared a little history of our building. Today, I wanna share OUR history with the building.
In 2012, Lisa and I, along with a few partners, purchased the property at auction (with support from our great friends Darrell and Lorna Littrell, along with Darrell’s brothers) which included our building, the attached building, half of another attached building and the associated lots. The lots include an alley on the south side and parking lots in the back. Initially, our intentions were to open a huge bar with entertainment and dancing. Suffice it to say that plan did not work out and in 2013 we dissolved the partnership and Lisa and I bought the larger of the buildings.
Since day one, Lisa and I and our son, Matt Glick, have put in a tremendous amount of work on the building. At first it was mostly cleaning the place, then repairs, electrical updates, separating decades of convoluted utilities runs, and preparing the first floor to open our business.
Speaking of the business, we are an antiques and collectibles consignment shop called The Elm Consignments and More. We are beginning our 6th year and in that time we have grown into one of the best in the state. We’ve been voted the Best Antique Shop in the city the last 3 years in a row, and last year we were named the 2nd Best Antique Shop in the state of Kentucky by Kentucky Living Magazine! We have the best customers and consignors we could ask for.
That’s all for today. Hope to see ya tomorrow.
Here’s a little video tour of our third floor loft, as of now:
Alright! My first blog post. My name is Brian Glick and together with my lovely wife, Lisa, we are going to put a loft apartment on the 3rd floor of our historic 1904 building in beautiful downtown Henderson, KY. We just recently received approval from the great State of Kentucky to begin construction and we are so excited.
The purpose of this blog is to chronicle our project with words, pictures, videos, and other social media such as Facebook and Instagram, not only for our posterity, but for your benefit and enjoyment. Your enjoyment because we are strictly amatures at this. While we have done many remodeling and a few construction projects in our near 40 years together, we have never done anything of this magnitude.
First, maybe a little history on the building. It was a 20,000 square foot, 3 story addition in 1904 to the existing 1870 George Delker Carriage Manufacturing Company. At the time, Delker was the largest carriage manufacturer east of the Mississippi. According to an old article I found, Delker wanted to show ol’ Henry Ford a thing or two by ramping up his carriage manufacturing because he thought the automobile was a fad. Construction of the addition began in 1904, but by 1906 he sold it and the existing building to the Norris family and it became Norris Hardware. It was Norris Hardware for many years and in the 1980’s it sold to the O’Daniels family and became Homefolk’s Hardware. We bought it at auction in 2012 when Homefolk’s went out of business.
Well, stick with us and we’ll continue tomorrow. Peace!