Located in the heart of Norwood, this three-story charmer with four bedrooms and two and a half baths was gutted and updated top to bottom. From its crisp white exterior to the open interior, the changes are a significant makeover compared to its previous state. Built in 1898, the home still has original hardwood throughout. Different shades of wood give character to the otherwise white and black design elements, including the front door.
Storage is a highlight in the living room with the fireplace as the focal point. There’s a bit of separation from the dining room, which flows into the kitchen, where wood details on the eat-in island add to the rustic, farmhouse vibe. The black light fixtures, shiplap on the range hood, and cabinet hardware keep things modern. Upstairs is perhaps the coolest room in the house—the master bath. The space features marble walls and countertop, a petite double vanity, and a giant wet room, where a full-size tub shares space with a shower. On the third floor, there’s flex space to make a play area, entertainment room, or office space.
To hear more about the Ashland Avenue project, we spoke to owner and home renovator Jessica Rettinger of Hazelwood Homes. Rettinger shares details about the project, style inspo, and the party potential for that gorgeous shower room!
What’s your style and inspiration?
We love working with old houses and bringing them new life. Marrying the original character with modern amenities for buyers is so rewarding. I have an appreciation for just about any style home, although Mid-Century is my jam. That being said, I try to leave personal taste out of it and let the individual houses tell me what they want. Typically, homes already have a style, especially the older ones, so we try to stay true to that while bringing in a few elements of our own.
Tell me about this home and the project.
Ashland was a single-family home-turned-duplex when we purchased it, meaning we had many layout obstacles to overcome. We completely gutted the home, including framing, leaving only the exterior shell. We salvaged as much original trim work as possible and reinstalled it, as well as the fireplace mantels, and a few doors that we featured as a pantry door and a master bath linen closet door. These little details are by far my favorite elements.
What’s your favorite room in the house? Favorite feature?
Favorite room in the home is the second floor front bedroom. The large stained glass window that we kept gets flooded with natural sunlight all day and I can’t get enough of the beautiful original brick fireplace. Close second/third, obviously the kitchen and the master bathroom are dreamy. [You] could have an actual party in that shower/wet room.