A Tartan Fields Home Undergoes Extensive Renovation

Sherry Beck Paprocki
Columbus Monthly
Wooden ceiling beams and a white brick finish on the kitchen walls give this home a farmhouse-chic appeal. A small kitchen island was replaced with one more than twice its size, allowing space for quick meals and countertop views by the children in the household.

When a Dublin couple first spotted their dream home in Tartan Fields, they were cruising around Central Ohio deciding where to live because the man had just finished a professional degree at Ohio State University and accepted a job in the region. It was 2006. The house they loved was only two years old and the couple was young. Still, this place became the idyllic family home they always dreamed about.

Time flew by.

They purchased another, smaller place in Dublin and started a family. Their dream house went on the market, they toured, but still they did not make an offer. The large house was not inexpensive, in fact.

Then, a few years later, while the woman of the house was doing the bedtime routine with one of their young sons she got a text message from her husband—who was down the hall with their other son, waiting for him to go to sleep.

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They were excited: Their dream house was once again on the market. This time, they decided to make an offer. By now, it was 2018 and—after 12 years of waiting and wistfulness—the home finally became their own. They knew a refresh would be necessary so they called in some contractors for bids. J.S. Brown & Associates was hired to update 7,500 square feet of space.

“We felt it needed a lot of cosmetic updates,” says the woman of the house.

An early architectural entry in the farmhouse-style building trend, despite its age, the six-bedroom home has vintage curb appeal. Indoors, the new owners have added just enough rustic touches and updated décor to make the space perfect for their family of four. Wide windows at the rear of the home cast sweeping views over a backyard pond and other neighborhood homes.

“I really love old houses,” the woman of the house says, adding that she grew up watching This Old House on television. After looking closely at older homes in Bexley and German Village, though, they felt that Dublin was ideal for their family.

In their new home, the woman conceded that the extensive wainscoating done by Amish craftsmen squelched her desire for an older place with more history. Once purchased, seven months of renovations began. J.S. Brown pulled up carpet, redid floors, crafted a seemingly larger kitchen by wisely using its given space, updated several of the home’s six bathrooms, replaced light fixtures and changed a lot of paint colors.

The fresh, transitional style offers myriad focal points created by the woman of the house—such as updated wallpaper and selective antiques in various settings. In fact, it is her new space that has made her realize that she has an affinity for some antique furniture.

Rough-hewn beams were incorporated during the major kitchen renovation, and carpet was eliminated from nearly every room in favor of hardwood floors on upper floors and luxury vinyl tile in the lower, family and playroom spaces. The original golden hue cast off by honey-colored woodwork and yellowish carpet is replaced with quiet colors, including Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, which was used to paint walls and woodwork in the office near the front door.

“I felt like it was always just meant to be,” says the woman of the house.

Reprinted from Columbus Monthly Home & Gardent Spring/Summer 2020.