Friday, November 1, 2013

The Durable Restoration Company

After a very long process of finding a qualified company to work on the Eppstein House the Durable Restoration Company was chosen and the contracts have been signed. The DRC did restoration work on another FLW designed home in Oh, the Westcott House as well as other historical buildings in the US.
 The began work on Monday Oct. 7th and with the upcoming tour on Oct. 18th they could only work on a few things. They did not want the major work going on, which consists of the removing of the entire roof, during the tour.

The DRC has a long history of award winning work. I tallied up 26 awards that they have received over the years for restoration work.
They do a number of specialty roofing projects that include copper, slate, clay tile and tin coated iron.
Definitely check them out at DurableRestoration.com

So what does the DRC have on the restoration agenda? Well, it will include the roof, 3 of the 4 skylights, all of the mahogany facia, windows and doors and trim inside and out, block repair, removing of the roof/screened in terrace covering, and repairing any damage found once the roof is off. They are not replacing the windows or doors just repairing and refinishing.  I do not think that there are any plans to return the home to 5 bedrooms so it will most likely stay as 3. A new owner could easily have it put back to 5 though. Here is the original floor plan. Take note that when I mentioned removing the roof/screened in terrace covering I am referring to the the small side terrace off the back corner of the living room. The 2nd owner put a roof on it with screens and aluminum windows. It was never part of the original plan and is therefore being removed. To be honest it was rather hideous anyway.
Stay tuned for more info on the restoration. This is a work in process and the home is currently listed for sale based on the the amount of restoration work that has been contracted to be done. With a list price of $475,000 it makes it the lowest priced Frank Lloyd Wright home available. (that we know of)

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