5020 Victor Street


“Total transformation” is the expression that often comes up when comparing the summer 2018 version of this home to its current state. Where most others may have found this project daunting, the two design professionals who bought the house in June 2018 simply drew up a list of action items and got things done.

From the newly laid brickwork of the front sidewalk to the fresh new back deck, the house was overhauled, including all-new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. That’s not to say that original features weren’t retained, where possible. Two 1920s-era metal grates, for example, served as templates for new, custom-made grates used elsewhere in the house. The floors are all original but have been refinished throughout the house and now feature a much lighter stain. Three pocket doors – including one vast door that spans a wide-frame entry – still ably serve their purpose. And the front door and sidelights, while new, were custom-made to match the original.

The new owners removed a non-period fireplace mantle in what is now the dining room, replacing it just a few weeks ago with a new mantle echoing the design of the living-room ceiling. One route from the living room to the kitchen passes through a generous butler’s pantry. The lengthy kitchen, which incorporates space that was once a storage room, now allows streams of morning sunlight.