The Scotts weren’t planning on buying this house. Ryan had been looking on Craigslist for homes they could rent when he came across a listing for this 1920s, 927 square foot home. The ad listed a Sunday open house and they decided to go check it out. When they first opened the door to the Schumacher Place home, Paulette and Ryan knew the place was to be theirs. “We loved it immediately,” shared Paulette. But they had to move fast. The sellers were having this last open house and already had a couple of offers on the table. The Scotts inquired, and found out the deadline for offers was Monday night.
Since this was the first house they had ever looked at and considered buying, they felt they should perhaps look at a few more just to make sure. That day, they drove around to a few more open houses just so they were not buying the first home they saw. However, they ended up doing just that! Monday they got their financials together and had an offer in to the sellers that night. It was accepted, and the 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with wonderfully large windows on all sides of the house that fill the home with natural light and breezy air was theirs!
Ryan and Paulette had been renting a home in Victorian Village for a couple of years, but it wasn’t until they bought this house that Columbus felt like home. They have really enjoyed living in Schumacher Place, there are organized socials, plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance and other events – they recently enjoyed attending the Schumacher Place YART Sale, Garden and Art Tour. Some of their favorite restaurants include Easy St. Cafe, German Village Coffee Shop and The Thurman Cafe. Being in an urban neighborhood filled with character and history is important to them.
Both of the Scotts are fans of minimalist living and design (although their littlest family member may disagree). Many of the pieces that make it into their home were designed for the house and fit it perfectly. Sometimes that is a time consuming requirement, as they searched for a fitting couch for months. Some of their favorite places to shop for home items include DWR and IKEA.
The previous owners had done much of the heavy remodeling to the home, but the Scotts did update the bathroom with new tilework and added a heated floor. They also had the original clawfoot tub refinished, had new cabinetry put in and installed a new sink. The wide base of the sink looks great and provides much needed counter space.
The kitchen floor was also in need of replacement. They opted to install a heated floor there also. Everything was going fantastic and stressfree until a miscalculation almost meant they had to switch out their refrigerator. Luckily, a creative solution was made by making a slight adjustment to the cabinetry and all was good again.
Ryan and Paulette enjoy the large deck off the kitchen that overlooks the backyard. Having the kitchen right there with the L shaped bar facing the deck makes entertaining fun and easy. Before their daughter came into their lives, they did do a bit of gardening. But now the yard is more of a mini-retreat with some easy to care for plants. The shape of the original and historical brick patios center around a sewer cover – kind of a neat feature for history buffs.
One of the best extras to the home was the 2 1/2 car garage. Ryan says he wouldn’t have agreed to buy the house immediately if that had not been included. It needed a bit of work to get it up to speed. Ryan is a founding member of Rally Team for Dreams, a hobby that he and Andrew Frick have turned into something much bigger. Their goal is raising money and awareness for Camp Sunrise, an Ohio-based summer camp designed specifically to help children impacted by HIV/AIDS. The team dedicated the entire surface area of their rally car to Camp Sunrise by “selling 1 inch brandable squares on the car to the public for $5 with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.” To date they have raised over $4,000 and recently won the 2011 Rally Mexico national rally. If you’d like to support their cause, click here to find out more, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
The Scotts have made some great friends with their neighbors who are big fans of Columbus and they “have enjoyed getting to know the city through.” Sadly, with their second child on the way, they have decided to put their house on the market and will return to renting until they find another perfect fit for their newly expanded family. “It’s going to be hard leaving,” shared Paulette. They hadn’t planned on outgrowing the home so quickly, but feel confident they will find another urban home to call their own.
Thank you to Dale Clark’s/Arc Photography for providing the photography.
At Home is a monthly column on Columbus Underground focused on urban home remodeling and style as well as older home renovations and unique homes in Columbus. If you would like to have your home featured in the At Home series, please send an email to me at Anne@columbusunderground.com.
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