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Project In-Depth: The Restoration of a Beautiful Custom Home


Here at OHI Construction, we take the utmost care with the reconstruction and/or remodeling of every home we work on. This month we’d like to share a particularly interesting project we completed recently, which shows how we handle projects that require an extra amount of attention to detail.

The job originated from an emergency call to OHI in the middle of the night. A garage and part of a home were on fire in a rural area of town, resulting in extensive fire and smoke damage throughout the house and a total loss to the garage.

As firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, OHI’s emergency services team arrived on the scene to secure the property for the homeowners. Once the fire was out, windows and doors were boarded up, tarps installed over gaps in the roof and dangerous burn material was cleaned up. Following emergency services, the homeowners choose OHI for their repairs and the following are details of a few of the highlights of this remarkable restoration project.

This unique 1950s home possessed aesthetic attributes representing the era throughout the entire house. For the repairs, the homeowners wanted OHI to both preserve and refresh the original look of the home, which became an exciting challenge for our team of craftsmen. We were delighted to work closely with these homeowners who were very passionate about the details and about being involved in every important decision regarding materials and style. As a reputable general contractor, nothing makes us happier than making certain that homeowners get their house back just as they imagine it.

As a contractor specializing in disaster reconstruction, the first thing for OHI was to determine which areas of the home needed to be completely gutted, which could be salvaged and which needed to be updated to match code changes. Beyond the visible fire damage to the house, smoke had traveled throughout the entire structure, leaving it’s own wake of destruction. The smoke damage alone caused most of the house to be gutted down to the studs, and extensive electrical, plumbing and HVAC replacement were necessary.

Next, OHI worked with the homeowners to determine which areas of the house they wanted reconstructed to maintain the original look, and which they wanted to modernize. As is usually the case with such extensive damage, many people find it convenient and desirable to redesign and remodel areas adjacent to the fire damage. And that is exactly what happened here!


In some areas, the homeowners chose to keep as close to the original look as possible. For example, our master carpenters crafted and recreated an intricate base shoe with an amazing molded corner detail that runs through each and every corner of almost every room in the house.

Another unique feature was the huge custom corbels that sat under the roofline on the outside of the house and garage. The 6” x 6” structurally notched hand-crafted corbels had to be replicated and reproduced one by one – all 22 of them!

Also on the outside, the old covered breezeway between the house and garage was replaced and modernized with a decorative brick base and glass panels to block out wind.

Inside in the kitchen, cabinet makers were charged with custom designing and building the extensive array of kitchen cabinets in order to maintain the feel of the old era, but also to provide functionality that is more in tune with today’s standards.

On around to the living room, another elaborate cabinet was designed and custom built to replace the entertainment center that was lost in the fire.

But perhaps the most stunning display of workmanship is the extensive custom cabinets that run the entire length of the unusually long hallway leading to the master bedroom. This feature also provides an equally lengthy amount of countertop space for displaying purposes and giving an “as far as the eye can see” sort of feel.


Being grandparents, these homeowners were open to adopting a fun approach to a few areas of the home that would be primarily enjoyed by children. For example, prior to the fire, a forgotten attic space was no more than a cluttered storage room. This awkward, narrow space was completely reimagined into a fun and functional playroom, complete with colorful paint, skylights for natural light, and even a yellow brick road blended together with three colors of marmoleum.

Across the hall from the playroom, a grandkids’ bathroom comes complete with a half size tub and fixtures more suited to the “littler” people who frequently visit.P1010672

Ingenuity, skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail are what come together to maintain the unique aesthetics of this home. We have to hand it to our OHI carpenters and to our industry partners as it is truly a display of beautiful woodworking inside and out.

And so, at the end of the day, not only has the house been properly repaired and carefully reconstructed, it’s now a place that our homeowners are happy to call home again—and that’s what really matters most to us.

Check out the video below to see more photos from the project:

Whether you need some immediate restoration work done or are overdue for a remodel, get in touch with us today to have one of our experienced estimators come take a look at your home.

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