Among all of the neighborhoods in our city, the West End is one of our favorites. This church-turned-home is a perfect example of why we love it—a local that lived a block away dreamt of owning the 7,500-square-foot church. Today, his dedication to the renovation brought us a delightful story and killer home. It’s stories like these that anchor Baymiller Street and nearby corridors in the West End to be unlike any other neighborhood in Cincinnati. Which brings us to the newest home on the market—1909 Baymiller.
We’re swooning over the fact that the custom woodwork came from the husband-and-wife duo behind Brush Factory who are also the current owners of the home. Rosie Kovacs and Hayes Shanesy designed the three-bedroom, three-bath home themselves.
“We designed this renovation to take advantage of the most square footage possible and enhance the existing south-facing window exposure,” says Shanesy. They completely rehabbed the staircase, which Shanesy says was a labor of love.
With the help of his father, a retired master cabinetmaker, the team completely disassembled the curved cherry handrail and balusters and stripped and refinished them. After refinishing, the tricky part was reassembling all the parts in the staircase that stretches and wraps around three flights of stairs.
Custom woodwork continues throughout the home, including in the living room, where you’ll find built-in cabinets that run the full length of the room, and in the kitchen, which features light wood cabinets with black hardware that pop against the tile backsplash.
The primary bath also makes a statement with a claw-foot tub, walk-in shower, and custom vanity. Just outside the bathroom, you’ll find a door leading out to the private owner’s suite deck.
Perhaps the best part about this home is still that it’s located in the West End neighborhood where history runs deep among the newly renovated homes. “When I bought our house in 2016 it was a vacant abandoned building in complete disrepair,” says Shanesy. “And the same was true for about half of the houses on the street. Now most, if not all, have been renovated and the street looks beautiful. It has been incredible to see the historically significant and beautiful homes slowly being renovated on Dayton Street and the surrounding neighborhood. We love taking walks on Dayton Street’s Millionaire’s Row with our dog and young daughter. It’s a very romantic street in a neighborhood with endless potential.”