109 ½ E. Washington
Historic Use: Residential
New Use: 2 bedroom, single-family home
Exits: 3 - 1 to street; one to deck; and one to the first floor business
Sq. footage: 2,000 sq. ft. bldg., 40’ x 50’
Construction: Brick load-bearing walls, plaster and lath interior partitions, stone foundation, wood roof and floor
Note: Owners used an architect to draw the plans and handle the construction process.
The owners have owned the building and operated a law office on the ground floor for a number of years. The upper floor had two apartments, but after a fire caused by a tenant, they decided they did not want to risk losing the whole building due to tenant carelessness. Instead they used the space as law firm storage for several years.
After seeing examples of commercial spaces that had been renovated into living spaces, they decided to rehab the upper floor of the building into their family home. They spent around $125,000 renovating the space which included new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fixtures, finishes, and a new deck off of the back of the building. The cost per sq. ft. was $62.50.
The owners feel that they have traded up from their previous country-home lifestyle. Their new home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an office/guest room and a deck with a manageable garden. They now save about $6,000/year on taxes and insurance compared to their previous home. They also save on transportation costs. Before they drove two cars between 40 and 50 miles/day, six to seven days a week. Figuring an average of 24 miles/gallon at $3.50/gallon of gas, they save about $2,275 per year in gas.