This is a tale of two amazing homes, together but separate, converted from an old retail body shop and garage. Two free standing buildings now two amazing houses. My neighbors, Jean-Philippe Saldana an antique dealer and his wife, clothing designer,Amy Parrish bought this unlikely residential property with a clear vision.
The beauty is in the preservation of the original brick exterior and all its character with modern loft style additions. This is also reflected in the interior design choices that walk the same graceful line between old and new. Jean-Philippe oversaw the design and construction himself; from the reclaimed pine wood floors to the galvanized recycled steel roof.
The 19th century spiral staircase, like its owner, was imported from France, Jean-Philippe has traveled all over his homeland searching out his unique finds. According to Amy, "He is an outstanding appraiser and can identify an 18th century commode from a mile away!"
The upstairs has a clean, bright, open feel that leaves lots of options for creative use. Including clever built in nooks for either storage or display. There are also front and back terraces and two full baths.
The two houses share a communal driveway and there is also a beautifully crafted two-tiered outdoor space. This french barbecue includes a wood burning oven.
They lived in the smaller house that was once a store front, while working on the larger garage conversion. Still zoned for both commercial and residential they now use the smaller space for Amy's design business,Ruby & Regis.
Amy told me about the most difficult part of the renovation..."The weather was the biggest challenge and possibly lifting over 3000 blocks and bricks onto the second level - there is no wood in the construction - all steel framing. We are the house to come to in a tornado!"
Both properties have just been put on themarket as the couple starts looking for another reno challenge. They can be purchased together, giving the new owner the option of an income property or commercial work space. They will also consider separate offers.
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