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Heidi Harendza has always loved the historical aspect of homes. So when she moved to Columbus from the East Coast, it was only natural for her to fall in love with a home in German Village. She looked at homes in the historic neighborhoods in Columbus, but really liked the neighborhood feel of German Village. She says, “I know more people here in six years than I knew the whole time living in New Jersey.” The location of her home is in more of a commercial area which she likes because she has many options for things to do and places to go. One of her favorite places is Yosick’s Artisan Chocolates. Her home is a Fee Simple Condo, meaning she owns it outright. It is 1300 square feet with two bedrooms, one and a half baths and two off street parking spaces – a very desirable feature for German Village!

In her six years of owning the home, Heidi has done several pretty big projects. She had the roof redone, restored two entrances, built a bookcase to match the one already in her library, rebuilt the breezeway and recently finished doing a total makeover of her kitchen. For the kitchen, she moved the doorway, moved appliances, redid the floor and put in new cabinetry. The countertop is a honed granite which has an old look to fit the feel of the house. Her mantra for surviving a kitchen remodel is “preorder and preplan as much as you can.” Really thinking about how the space will work for you in the best way possible will make the finished outcome something you really love. She had a kitchen floorplan drawn up and then worked with Chris Sherman of CDS Construction to execute it. She couldn’t have been happier with the result. Everything in her kitchen is more accessible and easier to do. Even ironing!

Her style throughout the house is an updated Victorian look. She wants to keep true to the age of the home, but also have it be a comfortable, livable and usable space. Many of the pieces in her home do double or triple duty to maximize the space. Trunks are also filing cabinets, or tables in a pinch. She admits that decorating this house has been a bit of a challenge because she feels like she will be here for a long time, so things she adds are for good. One of the pieces she recently acquired that she loves and really fits the feel of the house is a red beaded chandelier from Collier West.

Her favorite place in her home is probably her bedroom. It is a very comfortable space, and has an excellent view of downtown, which was one of the selling points of the house to her. The room boasts two long windows that fill the room with light and make it such a relaxing place to be.

Contact information for the contractor for her Kitchen remodel: Chris Sherman, CDS Construction, 188 McDowell St., Columbus, OH 43215, Franklinton Arts District.

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  • Manatee

    Lovely house, lovely taste, lovely lady! :)

  • KingLincolnUrbanEnthusiast

    Very cool space – Anne thanks for sharing – we need to do an At Home in Olde Towne, King Lincoln and NOBO.   I was out walking today and met a nice couple on N 21rst between Broad and Long – redoing a house from moved about 1 year ago from Harrison West – also there is a place called the “Garden Manor” that is a B&B on N 20th and E Long that would be a good place to profile too.  Amazing house and incredible kitchen rehab – one of the owners is Al Waddell –

  • catnfiddle

    Thanks for showing us the house, Heidi!  It’s amazing to see the kitchen improvements.

  • I’m just glad they have a photo of “where the magic happens”

    That girl is a TRAMP!


    (house looks amazing HH)

  • Wow! That is one seriously nice GV place!

  • patient_zero

    What a cozy place you’ve built for yourself in German Village, and so smart to employ Chris for the kitchen renovation. It all looks really nice.

    Don’t let our parking meter issues send you back to the East Coast – we like you right here in the Midwest!

  • lisathewaitress

    great piece! i love how the dining room has been turned into a library (or so it looks).

    Great piece Anne – the only thing wrong with the pictures is how they made me covet her bedroom & kitchen ;)

  • way to go, heidi! such a beautiful way of maximizing every inch of space. love all the colors.

  • I think the dining room is sort of both, it doesn’t show it in the photo but on the side across from the bookshelves is a small dining table and chairs if I remember correctly.

  • I love your casa Heidi. I drank a lotta Boone’s in that kitchen! :)

  • JimSweeney

    best kitchen ever!  although i only saw it when it was full of slackjawed hangerson.  As i recall Rockmastermike was trying to carbonate vodka for some reason…

  • I love the light fixture.  See, someone is shopping local.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  • von

    great house!  that kitchen is sweeeet!

  • FrankTank

    The subway tile backsplash in the kitchen looks great! Nicely done!

  • drew

    Just look at that new kitchen – nice!

  • HeySquare

    Thanks for all the nice comments! It was a long process, but well worth it. The great contractors I worked with made it easy.

  • Brand7513

    I lived in this townhouse from 2000-2001. The kitchen looks AMAZING! The old kitchen had a lot of unused space. Great work!

  • Kbear919

    I’m moving in whether you like it or not…

  • Would you mind sharing the name of your contractor(s)?

  • jenlauren Says: Would you mind sharing the name of your contractor(s)?

    It’s up there at the end of the article, but here it is again:

    Contact information for the contractor for her Kitchen remodel: Chris Sherman, CDS Construction, 188 McDowell St., Columbus, OH 43215, Franklinton Arts District.
  • catnfiddle

    CDS did some work on our house right before move-in.  HIGHLY recommended.

  • chrisgillespie

    Your home is lovely, Heidi.  You’ve done a nice job making it both beautiful and cozy.  I loved looking at the pictures.  Thanks for sharing.  BTW – Chris Sherman is currently working on my major kitchen remodel, and is AMAZING.  So conscientious.  Like others above, I also highly recommend him. 

  • Roland

    You have a great place Heidi! The kitchen looks great. I don’t remember the carbonation experiments producing any successes. Carbonated scotch!? haha :)

  • That kitchen is beautiful! And I love your use of old maps as art.

  • Heidi the place looks fantastic as always! it was great working on the kitchen. thanks every one for the wonderful comments.

  • jenlauren Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    Would you mind sharing the name of your contractor(s)?
    i can be reached at 614 937 0629 or [email protected]. alot easier than snail mail.

  • Beautiful historic home. I love the exposed interior brick!

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